White in on 3 TDs to lead Pep­perell to win

The QB gets the nod over Gage Moses for Pep­perell’s con­test against 4A Pick­ens.

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Noah Syver­son Cor­re­spon­dent

Pep­perell used an ex­plo­sive of­fen­sive at­tack and a few timely de­fen­sive stops to earn a tough 34-20 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Pick­ens County last Fri­day night in Lin­dale.

“I’m re­ally proud of our guys,” Pep­perell head coach Rick Hurst said. “The big­gest thing I told them is the coaches put to­gether a great plan for them tonight and they ex­e­cuted well. We had a re­ally good off-week last week and got bet­ter.”

Quar­ter­back Shannen White fin­ished 8-of-13 pass­ing for 127 yards and two touch­downs, while also run­ning for 88 yards and an­other touch­down on the ground. Pay­ton Rhoades recorded four re­cep­tions for 99 yards and two scores.

Hurst didn’t make a de­ci­sion on who was go­ing to be man­ning the quar­ter­back po­si­tion un­til shortly be­fore kick­off. White made the most of it af­ter get­ting the nod over Gage Moses — who left the game against Dar­ling­ton with an in­jury in the sea­son opener.

“(White)’s got the po­ten­tial to be a re­ally good one,” Hurst said. “We’re for­tu­nate we’ve got two op­tions that are re­ally, re­ally good. They both do some of the same things well. I’m not one to do pla­toon, but we’ve got to fig­ure out ways to get both him and No. 14 (Moses) on the field.”

Af­ter Pick­ens (1-1) botched a punt in the sec­ond quar­ter, Pep­perell took ad­van­tage of the good field po­si­tion and got on the board first with a 24-yard touch­down pass from White to Rhoades.

Twenty-one sec­onds af­ter the Rhoades touch­down re­cep­tion, Pick­ens got a 69-yard catch-an­drun for a score on a dart from C.J. Stre­icher to Jarod Whit­more.

Pep­perell (1-1) scored twice more be­fore the break, with White scam­per­ing for a 36-yard score af­ter the of­fense was set up nicely by a 55-yard Tra Robin­son kick­off re­turn. An­other strike from White to Rhoades from 16 yards out and a Ryan Hurst ex­tra point gave the host­ing Dragons a 20-13 half­time lead.

Josh Ross added a 10-yard touch­down run and Moses rum­bled into the end zone from 25 yards out in the third quar­ter to wrap up the scor­ing for Pep­perell.

Pep­perell will face its sec­ond straight Class 4A op­po­nent this week host­ing Her­itage-Ca­toosa at Dragon Sta­dium be­fore jump­ing into Re­gion 7-AA play.

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