White Hall heads to De Queen for final conference game

The White Hall Bulldogs (7-2, 4-2 5A-South) finish up the regular season with a road trip to the De Queen Leopards (0-9, 0-6) on Friday night at Leopard Stadium.

White Hall will try to bounce back from its second loss of the season — a 28-13 setback at home against the Hope Bobcats — whereas De Queen is still looking for its first win of the season coming off a tough 24-20 loss at the Magnolia Panthers.

White Hall head coach Mike Vaughn said his boys will need to readjust their focus and get back to the fundamentals they have been doing all year.

“We talk about getting better (each week),” Vaughn said. “We want to fix the things that we did wrong. Our effort wasn’t good last week and we made some major mistakes. We couldn’t do those things that we had been doing all year. We have to get our pride back and we need to be able to compete. We just need to get back to fundamentals and do what we do well.”

White Hall is led on offense by junior quarterback Kirk Baugh and junior running back Kendrick Edgerson as both have already surpassed a 1,000 yards this season in their respective categories. Vaughn said that while both athletes are exceptional, there are others who deserve a lot of the credit.

“I don’t know if (Baugh and Edgerson) have been doing all of the leading this year,” Vaughn said with a laugh. “The people up front need to get credit, too, because the protection has been good all year. It’s been a combination as a team for us all year. We have had our moments and overall we have played well.”

White Hall, currently ranked 10th in 5A by Hootens.com, will not overlook winless De Queen on Friday. Vaughn said the Leopards have a good football team despite their record and they will be ready to play while they will be trying to get their first and only win of the season.

“Other than what we have seen on film, I’m not sure what to expect from them,” Vaughn said of De Queen. “This is senior night for them and they’ll be ready to play. They are trying to salvage some respect in a way and that’s what we are looking at. We are trying to take care of ourselves and not worry so much about what they do.”

The Bulldogs can finish the regular season as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed for the upcoming 5A playoffs depending on the outcomes of other games. Vaughn said his boys are not worried about the playoffs as far as who their opponent might be, but they will be looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s one of those situations we don’t know yet,” he said of the playoff matchups. “That’s one situation we can’t control. We can only control what we do.”

The Bulldogs and Leopards are set to kickoff at 7 p.m.