By Ed Greif
The White County Warriors converted four CCHS Jet turnovers into 27-unanswered points to take a 27-7 season ending, District 6AAA victory at Holder Field to spoil CCHS' senior night.
Jarrod Lee's 52-yard interception gave the Jets a 7-0 second quarter lead, but White County converted three pass interceptions and a fumble into 27 points for the victory.
"They made great cuts and took it to the house. The size and strength got to us in the second half. We are playing a lot of kids right now, We lost eight seniors, five of which have played since their freshmen year. Three of them have been with me since I've been here," said CCHS Coach Ted McCaslin. "The kids never gave up. They kept fighting to the end."
Kayne Tollison was White County's main offensive weapon, rushing for 203 yards on 24 carries and catching two passes for 24 yards, while quarterback Jake Young completed seven of 11 passes for 142 yards with one TD and two interceptions. The Warriors would rush for 252 yards on 37 carries and completed eight of 12 passes for 150 yards.
Eric Telles rushed for 26 yards on 15 carries, caught one pass for eight yards and had punt return for 11 yards. Tyler Norris rushed for 29 yards on five carries, while Jordan Buckner rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries and completed one of eight passes for eight yards.
Jarrod Lee picked off two passes for 55 yards, including one for a TD, and punted twice for 38.0 per kick. Dylan Oakes recorded three sacks for minus 11 yards, and Roger Gentry had two sacks for minus three yards.
White County started the game at their 20, with Tollison carriying the ball six times 18 yards, but the Jet defense forced an incomplete pass to set up a punt, which was returned 11 yards by Telles.
Norris and Telles carried the ball 10 times for 52 yards into Warrior territory, but the Jets had to settle for a 35-yard field goal attempt by Lee, which hit the upright, giving the ball back to the Warriors.
Young took to the air, completed two of three passes for 38 yards, but his fourth attempt was picked off by Lee, who raced 52 yards for the score with 43.9 seconds left in the first quarter. Lee's PAT made it 7-0.
CCHS finished the quarter with 52 yards rushing, while holding WCHS to 29 yards rushing and 38 yards passing.
The Jets fumbled the ball on their first possession of the second quarter, which was recovered by White County's Hunter Cantrell at the Warrior 47. Four plays later, Tollison scored fromm three yards out to cap the 53-yard drive. The PAT was no good, slicing the lead to 7-6 with 7:09 left in the half.
CCHS killed some time off the clock with a 10-play drive, but were forced to punt at their Warrior 37.
White County took over at their seven and marched the distance in eight plays to take a 12-7 lead on a 16-yard pass from Young to Tommy Odom with 16 seconds left in the half. The two-point conversion was snuffed out by the Jet defense.
Young completed three of three passes for 59 yards, while Cole Bohannon completed one pass for three yards
Leading the Jet defense in the first half were Lee, Chase Marshall, Tyler Rollins, Reed Shaw, Roger Gentry, Frank (the Tank) Lancianese, Dylan Oakes, Kenny Brewer, Ethan Cunningham, Seth Randall, Colton Dykes and Tyler Norris.
The Jets' first possession of the second half ended, as a Dykes pass was picked off by Michael Sain at the Warrior 15.
Six plays later, Tollison raced 21 yards for a TD with 6:47 left in the third quarter for a 20-7 lead. Tollison was stopped on the two-point conversion by the Jet defense.
CCHS held White County to three-plays and out in their only other possession of the third quarter, but CCHS went three plays and out in their other series of the third quarter, which ended 20-7.
Lee picked off Young to kill the Warriors first possession of the fourth quarter, but Odom returned a Buckner interception 40 yards for a touchdown with 7:49 left in the game for a 26-7 lead. The PAT made it 27-7.
CCHS took over at their 10 following the kick, but two plays later, Kade Howard returned an interception 31 yards to the Jet 24.
Two plays later, Tollison's 27-yard TD run was nullified by a penalty, but the Warriors used their running game to kill some time off the clock. The Jet defense led by Shaw, Gentry, A.J. Dick, Lancianese and Rollins stopped the drive on downs at the Jet four.
CCHS ran out the clock to end the season.
During pre-game ceremonies, the senior football players, cheerleaders and band members were recognized, and at halftime the senior golfers, cross country team members, Lady Jet soccer players and volleyball players were honored.