Tigers roll past Redwater
WHITEWRIGHT — While the Tigers could lament the fact that they were extremely close to entering district play with an undefeated record, Whitewright will take the next best thing: the program’s longest winning streak in four years as they enter the most important games of the season.
Kayden Carraway ran 13 times for 51 yards and three touchdowns and also completed 11-of-18 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown while Aaron Pitt had three catches for 92 yards and a score as Whitewright defeated Redwater, 35-14, to end non-district play.
It is the first time the Tigers (3-1) have won three straight games since the 2016 season and if not for a three-point loss to Clarksville in the opener, they would be sitting at 4-0.
Redwater (1-3) was added to the schedule as a replacement for Cooper, which had to cancel because of positive COVID-19 tests. The Dragons provided some early resistance before Whitewright was able to pull away.
The Tigers took the ball first and scored on a drive ending with one-yard keeper by Carraway just four minutes into the game. A missed PAT left Redwater an opportunity to take the lead and the Dragons did when Preston Davis scored from the one on their drive with 2:36 remaining in the frame.
A successful PAT put them up 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Whitewright answered with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Carraway to Pitt. The Tigers were only up 12-7 after failing on the two-point conversion.
Redwater came back with a touchdown as well. Davis capped the drive with another one-yard touchdown run and a 14-12 advantage.
Davis led Redwater with 20 carries for 162 yards but the quarterback completed only 2-of-12 passes for 12 yards. John Collier added six carries for 53 yards for the Dragons.
With time running out in the half Whitewright started from the 47-yard line and put together a five-play drive culminating with a one-yard run by Carraway with 40 seconds left on the clock. He would also complete the two-point conversion for a them a 20-14 lead at half-time.
Whitewright’s defense stepped up in the third and maintained the lead by holding Redwater scoreless. The Dragons tried to come back as Malcolm Brown intercepted Carraway but they couldn’t cash in the turnover as Whitewright held and continued to keep them out of the end zone.
Carraway then went to work after Redwater’s drive stalled in the red zone and Whitewright took over on its 17-yard line. The Tigers mounted a 10-play drive scoring on a one-yard TD by Colby Jones, who finished with eight carries for 37 yards, and Carraway added the two-point conversion that doubled the score to 28-14 and there was just over five minutes to go.
Whitewright conclude the scoring with Carraway by ending another drive, this time with a touchdown from the three-yard line with 2:14 remaining in the contest. Whitewright then capped the night with a fumble recovery by Dylan Gudgel.
As District 8-3A (II) action gets underway on Friday, Whitewright will host defending 3A Division II champion Gunter.