Johnny Bynum paced the rushing attack, carrying 29 times for 122 yards, which included touchdown runs of 28, 1 and 3 yards in the first half.
“I think he is a talented kid, and he ran the ball really hard tonight, that’s important — the gutsy yards and the yards after contact” Wildcats head coach Heath Harmon said.
Ten of Bynum’s carries came during a fourth-quarter drive which saw White Plains take the clock from 11:01 down to 3:16.
“I thought they played physical tonight, and I thought they did the things we needed to do down the stretch to be able to get in that offense and bleed the clock to where they don’t get the ball back. I’m so proud of them for that,” Harmon said.
White Plains showed multiple offensive looks, but with a Double Wing formation in their back pocket, the Wildcats’ backfield of Bynum, Caleb Turner, and Dontavus Thomas collectively carried 42 times. This was two more plays than the Indians had all night.
Thomas finished with 34 yards, on six carries while Turner had 25 yards on four carries.
“I thought from the fullback position we got some good runs too. Caleb Turner had some gutsy runs, yards after contact, and I felt like our offensive line responded” Harmon said.
The Wildcats’ scoring concluded with a 28-yard field goal by Rod Young as the second quarter was ending.
Offensively for the Indians, workhorse running back Tristan Allen was a bright spot, tallying 83 yards, which includes a 7-yard scoring run to open the second half. He also gained 43 yards receiving.
“(Parker and Allen) are our seniors and our leaders. They’ll bounce back,” said Ohatchee Indians coach Nathan Wehunt.
“We just dug our hole too deep. We went in at halftime and made some adjustments, and it helped us.”
Wildcats safety Dillon Greenwood did his part to make sure Ohatchee’s offense didn’t move. Greenwood came up with three interceptions.
“That’s a good football team. We couldn’t get off the field on third downs and fourth downs hurt us a couple of times as well. We have to be better on third downs to get off the field and give our offense a chance,” Wehunt said.
“We’ve got to play better against the run. We have get off the field, and do a better job defensively.”
Ohatchee will hit the road next week and travel to Fultondale.
The Wildcats will continue away from home as they travel to Saks next week.
“It’s big to start strong,” Harmons said. “We know who is in our region, but we talk to our kids all the time.
“We are going to play each game one week at a time, and count them up at the end.”