White Plains ends on up note
by Matthew Tyson
Special to The Star
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WHITE PLAINS — When the clock hit zero for their final game, White Plains senior football players hugged each other and swayed in unison as the band played their alma mater in celebration of a 36-0 shutout over the Collinsville Panthers.

The Wildcats dominated on both sides of the ball, keeping the Panthers’ offense on the sidelines for most of the game.

Senior Rod Young scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards, which pushed him past the 1,000-yard mark for this season.

“I’m real proud of them,” Wildcat’s head coach Heath Harmon said. “We finished strong.”

The Wildcats received to kick off the first half. Three plays into their opening drive, junior quarterback Kolby Burgess tossed the ball to Young who ran for a 48-yard touchdown.

Running back Ryan Hanson caught a pass in the end zone for the 2-point conversion, putting the Wildcats up 8-0 just two minutes into the game.

Collinsville’s first possession was marred with penalties and ended with a turnover on downs. White Plains took over near their own 30-yard-line, and slowly drove down field to the one-yard-line right before the end of the first.

As soon as the clock started for the second quarter, Burgess took a keeper up the middle and into the end zone.

After a quick four-and-out, White Plains took over, and after another time-consuming drive, a 5-yard run gave Young his second touchdown, followed by a 2-point conversion, this time from Burgess.

The Wildcats went into halftime with a 22-0 lead.

After receiving to start the second half, Collinsville fumbled and White Plains recovered.

The next play, senior Colton Reid took a carry up the middle for a 28-yard-run to the 6-yard-line. Young then trotted in for an easy 6-yard touchdown. After another two-points from Burgess, the Wildcats were up 30-0.

The rest of the quarter was scoreless, with White Plains punting for the first time.

At the start of the fourth, senior full back Dontavious Thomas scored the final touchdown for the Wildcats.

The Panthers would get the ball back one last time, but the Wildcat’s defense kept them static as the time ran out.

“We played a physical team tonight,” Panther’s head coach James Willingham said. “We got whipped.”

Despite the loss, Collinsville has already secured a spot in the state playoffs. They will face Hubbertville in the first round next week.

Although unable to make the playoffs, Harmon is happy with the way the season ended.

“I’m proud of these guys. I’m proud of the way they finished,” Harmon said. “I know they’re going to be successful in their lives, and I enjoyed coaching them.”
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