WHITE HALL — Following last week’s loss to county rival Watson Chapel, White Hall head coach Mike Vaughn said his seniors felt embarassed.

WHITE HALL — Following last week’s loss to county rival Watson Chapel, White Hall head coach Mike Vaughn said his seniors felt embarassed.


"We just weren’t mentally prepared," Vaughn said. "Chapel played well, but we weren’t competitive in the first half.


"We made some mistakes and anytime you get beat, that’s exactly what happens."


White Hall (3-4, 2-2 in 5A-South) hopes to rebound this week when they host Hot Springs (4-3, 4-0) on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.


"Their size," Vaughn said of what he’s seen from the Trojans. "They are huge. "Their offensive line is 270 or better. They are big and strong and that is what concerns us."


Hot Springs has won four straight games after starting the season 0-3.


"They are well coached," Vaughn said. "Coach (Chris) Vereen does an outstanding job."


The Bulldogs will have to rely on its defensive line in order to slow down Hot Springs.


"They’ve got to play extremely low and fight to the finish," Vaughn said. White Hall’s defensive line is made up of seniors Andrez Roaf, Daniel Sprinkle and Justin Lewis.


"You can’t change your game plan, even against a team as strong as Hot Springs," Vaughn said. "You just have to stay low and grab the grass.


"It is all you can do."


Vaughn said Roaf is the quickest of the three and Lewis is "really strong."


"But we lack a lot of size," Vaughn said. "I don’t know how good Andrez would be if was 270.


"They do a great job. They started last year and they’ve done a good job all year."


Hot Springs’ four game winning streak is its longest since winning six straight in 2002. White Hall defeated Hot Springs last season at Tommy Holt Stadium, but Vaughn said the Trojans are a lot more experienced this year.


"It is the same kids," Vaughn said. "They got all of them back. So it has been another year of growth."


Hot Springs won just three games last season and were led by senior quarterback Anthony Goffigan who finished with 110 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns, despite playing just six games after suffering an injury in the preseason.


Goffigan — a dual-threat quarterback — completed 15 of 42 passes for 327 yards and a pair of TDs last fall. Senior James Marrow plays QB and fullback. Last year, he finished with 25 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns.


White Hall has won meetings the past two years (since joining the conference) by a total of 88-67.


In last week’s 12-point loss to Chapel, White Hall senior QB Kirk Baugh ran for two TDs and threw for two scores.


"I think we all realized we didn’t prepare ourselves mentally," Vaughn said. "We made mistakes that we shouldn’t have ever made at the high school level."


Vaughn said the preparation falls back on him.


"I have to prepare us to get ready to play," he said.


Watson Chapel had a 21-7 point lead at halftime and took a 28-10 lead before Baugh got the Bulldogs within four points with 11:54 left in the fourth quarter. But a 70-yard kickoff return by Trayvarious Cole on the ensuing kickoff all but sealed the win for the Wildcats.


Vaughn believes his team is more prepared for this week’s contest.


"We sure hope so," he said. "Even though, they’ve got to do it themselves to a certain extent."