The White Hall Bulldogs went on the road to face the Sheridan Yellowjackets in the Battle of Highway 270 Friday night, coming out the victors with a lopsided 50-27 score.
The Bulldogs had fresh legs coming off of a game cancellation last week against Crossett due to inclement weather.
In this week’s preparation, White Hall Head Coach Mike Vaughn said the Bulldogs focused on the fundamentals of the game, with emphasis on “throwing the football.” He urged his team that the game would be physical and it was imperative that they matched the Yellowjackets’ intensity.
On the other side, Sheridan Head Coach Lance Parker was looking forward to a solid performance from his Yellowjacket team after a “good week of practice.” When asked about the rivalry, Parker said, “…all of our kids know each other, so they look forward to it…we’ll have a packed house tonight.”
Parker added that the team has “to do a better job of fighting through the end of the game when we get hit in the mouth, and I hope to improve on that tonight.”
The Bulldogs wasted no time scoring a few plays into the opening drive.
A 74-yard rushing touchdown by Donte Buckner, who was a huge offensive factor, got the momentum going for White Hall. As Buckner was the threat on the ground, quarterback Josh Looney was the threat through the air, completing two big passes.
Connecting with wide receiver Koby Drake for a 42-yard pass to place the Bulldogs on their own two yard line. Looney had another big gain completing an 83-yard pass to Kam Robinson to place the Bulldogs on their own seven yard line. Robinson also made an interception with 1:19 left to play before the half.
The Yellowjackets’ defense forced the Bulldogs to punt early in the game, which was blocked, scooped and scored by Peyton Edwards, who had a big game for the Yellowjackets.
Defensively, Noah Pruitt came up big with a sack that left the Bulldogs at third and 21 that led to a punt. Montana Korte contributed with a few tackles and an interception defensively. Daniel Esterline also came up with a fumble recovery in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs led the Yellowjackets the entire game. At the end, Sheridan’s Athletics Director presented White Halls Athletic Director with the Highway 270 rivalry trophy.