WHITE HALL — For the first time in two games, the White Hall Bulldogs played a complete, four-quarter game as they dominated Magnolia 35-6 at Bulldog Stadium Friday night.
“If you take care of the effort, everything else takes care of itself,” White Hall head coach Mike Vaughn said. “I thought they did a good job.
“The thing I was pleased with more than anything tonight was our defense. Coach Reynolds, Coach Carr, Coach Taylor and Scooter did a great job.
“Except for one breakdown in the secondary, we would have shut them out.”
After scoring a combined seven points in the second halves of its past two games against Little Rock Christian and Sheridan, White Hall (4-0, 1-0 5A-South) put up 20 points in the second half in the win against Magnolia (1-3, 0-1).
“Offensively, we did what we had to do to win,” Vaughn said. “It wasn’t the prettiest at times.
“(Magnolia) did a good job defensively. Their scheme was good against what we do. They knew where our experience was.
“We just got to fix some things hopefully in a week.”
Leading 15-6 to begin the second half, White Hall was able to score on its first possession of the third quarter thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kirk Baugh with 7:33 left.
It capped off a 9-play drive highlighted by a 54-yard run by Irvin Tisdale, which set up a first-and-10 at the 18-yard line.
A fumble at its own 9-yard line by Magnolia on its next possession gave White Hall a first-and-goal with 7:25 left in the third quarter. Three plays later, the Bulldogs scored on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Baugh to Kaseem Smith.
The touchdown gave White Hall a 28-6 lead.
“That was the difference in the game or the turning point,” Vaughn said. “But you got to get those. You got to get lucky.
“When you get people hurt, you got to have a lot of turnovers to make up for it.”
A bad snap that shot over the head of Magnolia’s punter set up White Hall’s first touchdown in the first quarter.
White Hall recovered the ball at their opponents’ 5-yard line and four plays later, junior Kendrick Edgerson was able to score on a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
For the first time this season, Edgerson had just one touchdown. He managed just eight yards on nine carries.
Magnolia answered right back with a 51-yard touchdown pass but missed the extra point attempt to trim White Hall’s lead to 7-6 with 1:24 left in the first quarter.
After attempting just four passes in last week’s win over Sheridan, Baugh finished Friday 9-of-13 for 123 yards with two touchdowns.
“We wanted to throw the ball a little bit more,” Vaughn said. “We weren’t as successful as we wanted to be and we got out of rhythm a couple of times.
“At times, we missed protection and our tackles and backs missed some blocks.
“You could tell we weren’t sure with what we were doing at times.”
Baugh also had five carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. Tisdale led White Hall with 99 yards on six carries with one touchdown. The senior left the game after a long run, in which he suffered what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury.
Daniel Sprinkle had two catches for 53 yards and Smith finished the game with four catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
White Hall will play Camden Fairview — the defending 5A state champion — in its first road game of the season next week.
“No point in building them up more than they are,” Vaughn said. “We’ve got enough talent to play with them.
“Being a road trip, you don’t know how you are going to handle that. Every senior group handles it different than the others. It is going to be a challenge but it is going to be fun.”