White Hall completed the first step in their quest for a postseason future Friday night with a convincing 51-14 win over the Hope Bobcats.
White Hall’s victory is a continuation of futility for Hope, as the Bobcats continue to be winless this fall.
White Hall put the game away early with a 22-0 first quarter, followed by a 22-6 advantage in the second period. The first half saw the Bulldogs explode to a 44-6 lead and erased any doubt as to who would come away victorious.
Dante Buckner scored first for White Hall, going in from 10 yards out with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter. An Austin Terrell interception would put Ollie Reddick in position to move the Bulldogs ahead 14-0, as Reddick called his own number from 25 yards out. Another White Hall interception, this time by Kevon Turner, helped the ‘Dogs go ahead 22-0 following Rod Shelby’s 22-yard rushing touchdown with under three minutes remaining in the quarter.
Reddick would open the second quarter with his second score of the evening, this time a 10-yard rush. A third White Hall interception would move the Bulldogs ahead 37-0 when Kaleb Glover picked the Bobcat pass and returned it 45 yards to the end zone.
Hope finally got on the scoreboard with 5:44 to go in the half when Kenya Wesley scooped up a Bulldog fumble and returned it 35 yards.
On the ensuing Bulldog possession Jabin Gulley raced 52 yards for another Bulldog touchdown, ending the first half scoring and sending the two teams to the locker room with White Hall leading 44-6.
The second half was consumed quickly due to the Arkansas Activities Association’s sportsmanship rule. White Hall would score once more on an Eric Turner two-yard rush, while the Hope offense finally found the endzone with a two-yard touchdown connection between Hunter Heliums and Jaylon Conway, leading to the 51-14 final.
Up next for White Hall is easily the biggest game of the season. The Bulldogs travel to De Queen this Friday night for the regular season finale, which will determine if White Hall gets to participate in the 2017 postseason.
With four playoff spots from the 5A South, White Hall is battling De Queen for the final spot. Assuming a Camden Fairview loss to Watson Chapel in week 10, White Hall must defeat the Leopards this week by seven points or more. A five point or less victory, or loss, will lead to the Bulldogs season coming to an end, while a six point White Hall victory brings about the dreaded coin flip between the Bulldogs and Leopards.