In White Plains’ 20-0 home win over Weaver on Friday, that wasn’t necessarily the case. Running back Rod Young stole the show.
The junior rushed for 186 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run.
“I just want to thank my offensive line,” Young said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”
Added Wildcats coach Heath Harmon: “He’s one of our better players. We tried to get the ball to him and he had a great night.”
Harmon went on to say Young was a big part of the game plan in an attempt to lighten the load on senior running back Johnny Bynum, who usually handles most of the rushing.
“Johnny needs to be able to have somebody that we can give it to so he doesn’t have to carry it every time,” said Harmon. “It’s just going to make Johnny better.”
Bynum rushed for 66 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run.
Harmon said he was “real proud” of his defense for overcoming a short field twice because of a fumble and a muffed punt.
“That was big,” he said. “We didn’t drop our head. We kept playing hard. The defense actually rose to the occasion. I was real proud of that.”
White Plains quarterback Joseph Dothard rushed for 18 yards including a 1-yard touchdown.
Although he did not attempt a single pass in the game, Dothard recorded an interception to seal the shutout while pulling double duty on defense.
“That was a big play,” said Harmon. “He’s leader on our team.
“I was glad he was able to get that interception.”
While the Wildcats were able to cap off their drives, the Bearcats fell victim to mistake after mistake. A fumble, mishandled snaps and three turnovers on downs derailed any promise Weaver showed of scoring.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball on offense,” said Weaver head coach Daryl Hamby.
“We had opportunities to do things but we either fumbled the ball, got pushed back on penalties or shot ourselves in the foot.”
Bearcats quarterback Timothy Hawkins completed 13 of his 23 passes for 104 yards. He also was the leading rusher with 56 yards.
Although he was disappointed in his team’s performance, Hamby gave credit to his opponent.
“We were trying to tell them all week — you’d better be ready to play,” he said.
“Credit goes to all of them. They just whooped our tail, on both sides of the ball.”
Both teams will return to action in region games Friday. Weaver (1-2, 1-1 in region) at Susan Moore, and White Plains (2-1, 1-1) hosting Glencoe.