Even at halftime against winless J.B. Pennington, the previously one-win Wildcats had a long way to go before their passion bucket was overflowing.
But this is football, where the ball bounces funny and the game can change on one play. In the second half, it changed for White Plains in two plays.
Quarterback Konnor Amis scored the second of his two touchdowns on a 62-yard run, propelling the Wildcats to a 33-0 victory, their second of the season.
“This was a fun night,” Harmon said. “We got to play a ton of kids and that’s nice at the end a the game.
“We hadn’t won since Weaver, so you almost forget what that feeling is like, but it’s a feeling that makes all the hard stuff you do worth it.”
In addition to the fun night, it was a milestone for Harmon’s rebuilding effort and White Plains’ recent history. According to Harmon, it was the first shutout for White Plains since 2005.
White Plains’ halftime lead was 12-0, but Harmon said the adjustment at intermission cleared things up.
With Pennington giving White Plains a different defensive look than it saw on film, there was confusion with the young offensive line.
“We got some things buttoned up at halftime,” Harmon said. “We’ve got some young kids that aren’t playing with a lot of confidence right now.
“Once we got that quick touchdown, it was like a ball rolling down the hill. … They really started playing with a hop in their step.
Running back C.J. Burns added the final two White Plains touchdowns on runs of 11 and 26 yards with David Gomez kicking all three of the second-half point-afters.
Burns finished with 11 carries for 127 yards and the three scores. His first put the Wildcats on the board in the first quarter and was his longest of the night.
Amis was responsible for White Plains’ second first-half touchdown. He found freshman Johnny Bynum for a 42-yard touchdown pass.
After a missed extra point on the first touchdown, White Plains tried to fake the extra point, but the pass by Burns was intercepted.
With the playoffs out of the picture, White Plains now turns its attention to the season finale and building on next year.
The Wildcats travel to Ohatchee for a showdown of two-win teams.