JEFFERSON — White Oak defeated the Jefferson Bulldogs 44-27 on Friday and earned a trip to the state playoffs.
The Bulldogs scored on their first possession of the game, but White Oak answered with four touchdowns to go into halftime leading 29-7.
Bulldogs quarterback Brayden Varnell passed to Quincy Clements for an 8-yard touchdown and Lane House converted the PAT for a 7-0 Jefferson lead.
The Roughnecks then drove 75 yards in four plays. The score came on a 36-yard pass from Dylan Gale to Gabe Michael. Darion Barr ran for the two-point conversion.
Four plays later, Barr intercepted a Varnell pass and the Roughnecks set up shop on the Bulldogs’ 21-yard line. Two plays later, Hunter Owens’ 3-yard touchdown run and Gale’s PAT made it 15-7.
The Roughnecks’ defense forced Jefferson to punt four plays later, and White Oak moved 89 yards in 13 plays behind the running of Owens and passing of Gale to Jansen McCurdy. Barr ran the final 15 yards, and Tanner Sharp kicked the PAT for a 22-7 lead.
White Oak (8-2, 4-1) scored its fourth touchdown with 9:18 left in the half. White Oak’s kickoff to Jefferson was a short kick, and Barr smartly covered the ball on the Bulldogs 43-yard line and the Roughnecks proceeded to pad their lead.
The score came on a 10-yard pass from Gale to McCurdy. Sharp again converted the PAT. The rest of the first half saw Jefferson try in vain several times to get something going, always to be stuffed by the White Oak defense.
Tatum 31, Harmony 15
HARMONY — Shaq Johnson rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tatum Eagles to a 31-15 District 9-2A Division I win over Harmony.
Tatum (8-2, 4-1) earned a trip to the playoffs with the win.
Tatum jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on an Alexis Garza 33-yard field goal and a 1-yard TD run by Darian Brooks.
Harmony (5-5, 1-4) made it 10-7 with 9:10 left in the second quarter on a 2-yard carry, but Tatum closed out the half ahead 17-7 after Johnson scored his first touchdown with 24 seconds left in the quarter.
After neither team could score in the third, Harmony made it 18-15 on a 3-yard run by Tim McCoy and a two-point conversion.
Johnson then lit up the scoreboard twice for Tatum — scoring with 6:21 remaining on a 13-yard carry and again on a 2-yard run as time expired.
Atlanta 41, Pittsburg 28
PITTSBURG — Atlanta and Corion Webster ran over the Pittsburg Pirates, 41-28, to earn a playoff spot against Wills point next Friday at Lobo Stadium.
Webster rushed for 272 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries, and Everett Dickerson added 116 yards and two more scores on 13 rushes to power the Rabbits past a Pittsburg squad led by quarterback Garrett Pruitt, who rallied his team to three, second-half touchdowns.
Pruitt threw for 184 yards and two scores, both to Kel Wallace, to keep it interesting for the hometown crowd.
After giving up an early score, the Rabbits dominated the first half, building a 20-6 lead largely on the running of Webster, who picked up 156 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries before intermission.