White Plains entered the contest already eliminated from playoff contention, but Wildcats coach Heath Harmon said he appreciated his players’ effort.
“I’m real proud of them,” Harmon said. “We knew we wanted to come out here tonight and have some fun. We put in some special type plays. We handed it to two linemen.”
Senior offensive linemen Jordan Jeffers and Logan Price both took a break from their blocking duties to take a handoff. Their runs each went for only 3 yards, but Price’s rush found the end zone for a 2-point conversion.
“It was great,” Price said. “It was just an adrenalin rush. Just knowing I put some points up for the team was great.”
Price has credit for only two points in the stat book, but his blocking led the way for the Wildcats’ five rushing touchdowns.
“He’s a guy that we expect a lot out of,” Harmon said. “We’ve been riding him pretty hard all year. We have to have him play for our offense to go.”
The 315-pounder led the way for touchdowns by Colton Reid for 64 yards, Rod Young for 76 and 32 yards, Dillon Greenwood for 39 yards and Dontavius Thomas for 49 yards.
“Just give those guys a chance and their going to go with it,” Price said.
Kolby Burgess completed 2-of-3 passes for 88 yards including an 83-yard touchdown to Rod Young.
Burgess took over the quarterback duties for senior Joseph Dothard, who broke his throwing hand in last week’s game against Cleveland. The broken hand did not keep him off the field or out of the end zone. Despite having a cast on his right hand, he started on defense and managed a one-handed interception. He returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.
“I was bound and determined,” Dothard said. “I had a chance — I missed the first one. After that, my team got me up.”
Added Harmon: “He’s been telling us all week that he was going to catch it, even with the club.”
Senior defensive back Colton Reid also managed an interception.
Susan Moore managed four touchdowns. They came on 1-yard run by Keith Jackson, a 73-yard pass from Ryan Brown to Daniel Cornelius, a 9-yard pass from Brown to Jared Poole and an 8-yard run by Jay Williams.
The Wildcats (4-5) look to break even Friday against Collinsville at home next week.