CLEVELAND — Turnovers doomed the Lumpkin County Indians Friday night at White County Stadium.

The Warriors cashed those in for 24 points in a 66-14 win over the Indians.

It was a different game early, though, with both teams trading scores in the first quarter. The game was tied at 14-14 early on.

White County’s Kaleb Crane rolls past Lumpkin County’s Ben Jones in the Warriors’ 66-14 win on Friday in Cleveland.                                                                                             Photo by Bobby Escoe

But the Warrior defense had other plans, forcing Lumpkin to punt three straight times. The stellar defensive play was rewarded by its offense. White County, led by freshman QB J. Ben Haynes, the Warriors four consecutive TDs in the first half.

The Warriors scored 45 unanswered second-quarter points to take a commanding 52-14 lead at the half.

It wasn’t all bad for the Indians, though.

Lumpkin (0-1) answered White’s first scoring drive with a 5-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Chandler Woodham’s 27-yard touchdown run with 9:42 left to tie the game, 7-7.

Then late in the first quarter, the Indian defense stepped up to force a Warrior punt. That’s when Woodham went to work, hitting Jonas Ramirez on a 30-yard dart to set up the go-ahead TD. Woodham hit Ramirez again on a 20-yard pass to take a 14-7 lead.

Nevertheless, White County was just getting warmed up, adding 52 unanswered points to knock off the Indians.


SCORING SUMMARY

Lumpkin Co…..14……0…..0…..0 — 14

White Co………..21….31….14….0 — 66

First Quarter

WC – Crane 29 pass from Haynes (Bardenwerper kick) 7-0, 11:37

LC – Woodham 27 run (Wells kick) 7-7, 9:42

LC – Ramirez 20 pass from Woodham (Wells kick) 14-7, 7:23

WC– Crane 82 run (Bardenwerper kick) 14-14, 7:04

WC – Rowland 14 pass from Haynes (Bardenwerper kick) 21-14, 4:48

Second Quarter

WC – Crane 4 run (Bardenwerper kick) 28-14, 6:10

WC – Ulrich 39 pass from Haynes (Bardenwerper kick) 35-14, 4:41

WC – VerSluis 46 pass from Haynes (Bardenwerper kick) 42-14, 3:05

WC – Anglin 25 fumble recovery (Bardenwerper kick) 49-14, 1:24

WC – Bardenwerper 37 FG 52-14, 0:00

Third Quarter

WC – Anderson 80 run (Bardenwerper kick) 59-14, 10:50

WC – Fleming 25 fumble recovery (Bardenwerper kick) 66-14, 9:04

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