WHITE HALL — Senior Courtney Anderson scored from 39 yards out with 2:36 left to lift White Hall to a 34-29 win Friday night as the Bulldogs handed Hot Springs its first conference loss of the season.

WHITE HALL — Senior Courtney Anderson scored from 39 yards out with 2:36 left to lift White Hall to a 34-29 win Friday night as the Bulldogs handed Hot Springs its first conference loss of the season.


"I just knew I wasn’t get many carries in the game and it was coming down to the end," Anderson said. "I got to do what is best for the team.


"After the loss to Camden (Fairview) by one point and the loss to Chapel, I had to put the team on my back."


Trailing 29-28, White Hall took over at the Hot Springs’ 43-yard line following a punt by the Trojans. Three straight runs by Anderson led to the score, giving the Bulldogs the five-point advantage.


"It wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about the stats," Anderson said. "It was about the team.


"We were just reading the defense and saw that it was open."


Anderson had just seven carries in the game for 64 yards and the score.


"We blocked that perfectly," said senior offensive lineman Alec Hartz. "All five of us did everything right."


Hot Springs (4-4, 4-1 in 5A South) took a 29-28 lead with 18 seconds left in the third quarter thanks to a 1-yard quarterback keeper by senior Anthony Goffigan. Clarence Floyd converted the two-point conversion to give the Trojans the one-point lead.


"Hot Springs has a great football team," White Hall head coach Mike Vaughn said. "Coach (Chris) Vereen has some of the best coaches in the conference.


"They are well coached and I think they have a chance to win it. If we don’t win it, I hope they do."


White Hall (4-4, 3-2) took a 22-7 lead with 8:46 left in the third quarter after senior Joseph Failla made a 33-yard field goal — his third of the night.


"(This win) is big," Hartz said. "After we lost those ballgames, this game showed what we can do."


Failla made his first two field goals in the second quarter.


He drilled a 38-yarder with 4:10 left in the half to give the Bulldogs a 16-7 lead over the Trojans. His second was from 28 yards out and it extended White Hall’s lead to 19-7 with 1:55 left in the first half.


"It was a major win for us," Vaughn said. "If we want to make the playoffs, we had to have this win.


"We got to play at Hope next week and if we hadn’t had but two wins, we would probably be done.


"Now it gives us a shot."


White Hall will travel to Foy Hammons Stadium to face Hope next week and will conclude the regular season with De Queen at home on Nov. 7.


"We got to win out to do anything," Vaughn said. "But this win puts in a position to make the playoffs."


Senior Devin Buckner led the Bulldogs with six catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass in with 5:32 left in the third quarter after an apparent breakdown in Hot Springs’ secondary.


"Kirk stepped around the pile about three times and they lost him," Vaughn said. "I think they thought he was down, and the safety must have frozen."


The pass and catch gave White Hall a 28-13 lead.


"It is pretty big for our team, our community and our school," Anderson said.