White County head coach Mark Frasier was looking for effort out of his team, and he got it as the Warriors rolled to a 54-13 win over the York Dragons on Friday night in Sparta.
The Warriors responded from a blowout loss last week with a blowout win of their own to earn their second victory of the season.
“The biggest thing was the effort was there,” said Frasier. “That was what we harped on all week coming off a lackluster performance last Friday. We were a little tougher on them this week. I thought the seniors and the leaders responded well to that. They came out and played really hard football and I think it showed with the results.”
The Warriors starting defense responded after giving up 49 points in week five against Walker Valley by shutting out the Dragons. The first Dragon touchdown came off an interception that was returned for a touchdown and the second came against the WCHS ninth grade players.
“It was very good,” said Frasier on his defense. “They played well. They played hard. They did everything we asked them to do. It was a good night”
Frasier said winning gives his team a confidence boost.
“Definitely, you get a confidence boost,” said Frasier. “Anytime you win a game you feel good about yourself and good about what you’re doing. You realize the things you’re doing during the week are helping you get better and it makes the next week a little easier. I think our kids have been confident… but it helps when you win to see the results. It was good to get back into the win column.”
The win did not come without a hitch for the Warriors, as star sophomore quarterback Malaki Dowell was forced to leave the game with an injury. UCR will provide an update on his status for the Warriors’ week eight matchup if one becomes publicly available.
The Warriors will now have a bye week before returning to the field on October 9 against Livingston Academy.
Photos by David Little