The fun thing about preparing for a Week 2 game for White Hall is that the Bulldogs didn’t have to wait more than a week to try and overcome a defeat.
In fact, White Hall didn’t score its first victory of 2011 until Week 4, but that started a winning streak that lasted until the 5A state semifinal against Batesville.
The 35-15 win over Hamburg on Aug. 28 is a welcome start for the Bulldogs, who will visit Little Rock Christian of the new 5A-Central Conference on Friday night.
“This year, it’s a lot more fun,” White Hall coach Mike Vaughn said of Week 2. “Last year wasn’t a lot of fun for anyone.”
But with three extra days to prepare this year, Vaughn said the Bulldogs used to time to allow some players to recover from injury and work on fundamentals. They likely won’t have senior wide receiver Joseph Stewart, who injured his ankle against Hamburg.
It didn’t seem much went wrong for the Bulldogs that game at Golden Lion Stadium. They led 35-0 with about 10 minutes left in the game, and senior quarterback Terrance Warren completed 8 of 12 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Warren is handling the starting QB role for injured sophomore Kirk Baugh, who is sitting out the first few weeks of the season with a broken collarbone.
“You always try to fix the little things,” Vaughn said. “But I thought (Warren) played real well. He needs to continue on that path.”
The Bulldogs started out fast despite not having the ball much in the first half, taking a 21-0 lead into intermission.
“We didn’t have the football much,” Vaughn said. “We didn’t have the football all night. The first half, we only had the football four possessions. Real short game for some reason.”
Vaughn said the offensive linemen deserve the pats on the back for the unit’s performance.
Little Rock Christian has to rebound from a 41-27 loss to Hot Springs Lakeside in which the Warriors fumbled two returns that led to touchdowns.
Warren and the offense will have their work cut out in trying to solve the Warriors’ multiple defense.
“It’ll be a different Friday,” Vaughn said. “They do different things on defense that’ll cause us to have different reactions. It’s one of those situations where until we get there, we won’t really know. He’s (Warren) got to get us into the flow like he did last week.”