Daryn Beck rushed for four touchdowns to lead Spring Hill to a convincing 42-14 win over rival White Oak Friday at Panther Stadium.
It was the 50th meeting between the two teams and the second-straight victory for the Panthers over their rival. White Oak came into the contest 2-0 with Spring Hill looking for its first victory. The Panthers accomplished that in dominating fashion, building a 35-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Spring Hill (1-2) also pulls closer to White Oak (2-1) in the all-time series, which now stands at 26-24.
Beck carried 12 times for 131 yards and scored on runs of 8, 5, 51 and 6. Quarterback Gage White completed 6 of 14 for 129 yards, capped by a 28-yard scoring pass late in the fourth quarter to Zach Henry.
White Oak’s Bo Reddic racked up 157 yards on 28 carries, highlighted by a 21-yard touchdown run, which got the Roughnecks on the board in the fourth quarter.
Dalton Sumrow finished with 228 yards passing and a 24-yard touchdown to Cade Wheat, who led all receivers with 96 yards on seven catches.
Spring Hill stopped itself in the first quarter and took control in the second quarter.
The Panthers were denied a touchdown on a penalty before missing a long field goal on their opening possession. When Spring Hill got the ball back, the Panthers drove down to the 5, but on third-and-goal, White was stripped by White Oak’s John Thomsett trying to force his way into the end zone.
That left the game scoreless entering the second quarter.
The Panthers offense then created a big play to break open the deadlock and their defense produced consecutive turnovers to help the home side take a 21-0 lead into halftime.
On first-and-10 from his own 38, White fielded a low snap and was able to just get a deep throw away and avoid the rush. His lofted pass went straight into the waiting arms of Brady Powers, who rumbled 54 yards to the White Oak 8.
Beck did the rest, cruising in for an 8-yard touchdown. The PAT from Efren Barcenas gave Spring Hill a 7-0 lead with 7:57 left in the half.
The second score came courtesy of Joe Frank. The senior defensive end raced in unblocked and sacked Sumrow, causing him to the cough up the football. Frank scooped it up and went in for a 5-yard score.
Morgan Bradford then followed that turnover up by creating one of his own. On second and long, he picked off a Sumrow pass and returned it back to the Roughneck 11-yard line. Two plays later, Beck was back in the end zone on a 5-yard run.
White Oak had one final chance to get on the scoreboard in the closing seconds of the half, but without any timeouts and seconds to play, Reddic was dragged down short of the goal line after catching a quick pass from Sumrow to end the half.