Led by senior quarterback Everett Pollard, the Wolfpack mounted a comeback before falling at Fellowship Christian, 38-33, in Region 6A (B) action in Roswell.
Pollard completed 18 of 39 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 15 times for 52 yards and a score.
Time just wasn’t on Whitefield’s side in the end. After scoring a touchdown with roughly a minute and a half, the Wolfpack’s onside kick attempt fell short, and the Paladins (4-1, 1-0) were able to run out the clock.
“The game certainly could have gotten away from us, but our kids showed a lot of resolve in the face of adversity, being on someone else’s field and down 28-7 in the third quarter,” Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields said. “They really fought back, and we had a chance to win it. In spite of us playing so poorly in the first half, our kids continued to play. They made it a ballgame, but just ran out of time.
“Our seniors, and especially Everett Pollard, showed a lot of leadership (Friday) in the comeback. I think it was his leadership that helped bring us back. He stayed calm, and the guys just followed him.”
Sky Dupree totaled 13 carries for 127 yards and Jordan Edge had eight rushes for 40 yards and a score for the Wolfpack (2-3, 0-1), who played without starting senior defensive back and running back Braelen Phillips and lineman Jaylen Hudson.
“We had a couple of guys injured, unfortunately, and we fell behind,” Fields said. “We got a little out of Jaylen, but he was injured for most of the game. It was a chance for some of our other kids to step up, and they did. Overall, you hate to have a region loss, but there’s still a lot of football left to be played.”
Whitefield generated 464 yards of offense, but most of it came in the second half.
“We had a lot of offense in a short amount of time, it seemed like,” Fields said. “We were pretty much ineffective at stopping them, and ineffective at moving the ball until, really, probably midway through the third quarter.”
Defensively, Whitefield’s Bradley Davidson caused a fourth-quarter fumble, which Nile Ball recovered, to lead to a touchdown. Alex Manning also had a touchdown catch, and Matt Olson had six receptions for 85 yards and a score.
“We’ll see how we respond this week — first of all, with practice, and (Friday) against a very good Mount Paran football team,” Fields said.