WHITE HALL — There are two things head coach Mike Vaughn wants everybody to know before tonight’s game: (1) White Hall has already shaken off last week’s loss and (2) Hot Springs Lakeside’s record does not reflect how good the Rams actually are.
White Hall (4-1, 1-1 5A-South) lost 39-7 to undefeated Camden Fairview last week for its first loss of the season, but Vaughn believes the Bulldogs had their chances.
“We played hard last week and we had our chances,” Vaughn said. “But turnovers and mistakes proved costly and it got out of hand at the end.
“We were in the ballgame till the fourth quarter and Camden Fairview is a really good program.
“The kids got over it pretty quickly and we feel better.”
White Hall will host Lakeside (1-4, 0-2) tonight at Bulldog Stadium beginning at 7.
“They are well coached and always have been,” Vaughn said. “They are fundamentally sound and their passing game is really sophisticated and they do a lot of things well.”
White Hall has beaten Lakeside the past two meetings. The Rams led Magnolia 20-7 in the second quarter last week before losing by five points.
Lakeside scored 96 points in its first three games but managed just three against Camden Fairview.
Lakeside senior Garrett Carson has completed 66 passes for 1,013 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. A trio of running backs, including Blakely Lawless, Beau Uzick and Clint Smedley, lead the Rams.
Lawless has 252 yards on 36 carries with seven touchdowns while Uzick, a junior, has 179 yards on 39 carries. Smedley, also a junior, has 152 yards on 27 carries.
The Rams also have three receivers with 10 or more catches. Smedley leads the team with 17 catches for 308 yards with two touchdowns.
“Defensively, we got to keep everything in front of us,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn said Lakeside’s record doesn’t show how well they play. But as most teams, the Rams have had to deal with some injuries this year.
“They have had some injuries in the last few weeks and that has been their major problem,” Vaughn said. “We got some people hurt, too, and it would just take one or two more for us to be seriously hurt.”
In last week’s loss to Camden Fairview, White Hall receiver Kaseem Smith caught five passes for 117 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass from utility player Daniel Sprinkle.
“It was a good night for him and he did a good job for us,” Vaughn said.
Smith’s touchdown catch was the Bulldogs’ only score of the night. But Vaughn said don’t expect that kind of trickery again anytime soon.
“It is something we work on all the time,” Vaughn said. “Sprinkle can throw it a mile. He has a great arm and everybody knows that.
“It is probably not going to work again.”
Vaughn said they might try it again later down the road, but definitely not anytime soon.
“It was just one of those situations where it just happened to work,” Vaughn said.
White Hall managed less than 200 yards of offense in the loss last week. Quarterback Kirk Baugh was 5 of 18 for 44 yards and junior Kendrick Edgerson was held to 38 yards on 19 carries. It was the first time this season in which Edgerson had not scored a touchdown. He had nine through the first three games.
“The problem was, we had trouble getting the ball off,” Vaughn said. “(Camden Fairview) does a good job defensively.
“(Baugh) will have better night (tonight), I hope. We played a really good and athletic team last week.”
After the loss, Vaughn told his coaches, “We can’t judge our entire season by just one game.”
“We just have to go out and correct our mistakes,” Vaughn said. “So that’s what we have been focusing on all week.
“A lot of what happened last week, had to do with Camden more than anything.”