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Whitefield wins first meeting with Mount Paran
by Greg Oshust
October 16, 2012 11:51 AM | 991 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whitefield Academy struck the first blow in its new rivalry with Mount Paran Christian as the Wolfpack defeated the Eagles 14-3 Friday in the inaugural battle between the Cobb Class A private schools and Region 6A (B) rivals.

Whitefield (4-2, 3-0) got all the scoring it needed with two touchdowns in the second quarter to get the win and remain tied with Walker for first place in the subregion.

For Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields, it was a complete team effort by his Wolfpack.

“I’ve been in coaching for the better part of my life now and I thought I knew the word ‘team’ meant,” Fields said. “But, the kids showed me what it meant (Friday). They played their hearts out. The kids came out and played as a team. Give credit to (Mount Paran) coach (Mitch) Jordan. They played a tough, physical game.”

Linebacker/running back Sky Dupree had two interceptions on defense and ran for a touchdown on offense for Whitefield.

Kyle Trammel rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries to lead the way for Mount Paran (1-5, 1-1).

The game didn’t start out so well for Whitefield as it turned the ball over on a fumble on the second play of their first offensive series, which Mount Paran recovered at the Wolfpack 28-yard line with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter.

Mount Paran took advantage of that opportunity as Ian Berryman kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2:18 left in the quarter to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

It appeared that Whitefield would take the lead towards the end of the first quarter when Alex Manning picked up a Mount Paran fumble and ran it 67 yards into the end zone, but the touchdown was called back after the Wolfpack was charged with a block in the back and the ball was moved back to the Eagle 45.

Mount Paran would get the ball back soon after that when Trammel intercepted a pass by Whitefield quarterback Everett Pollard early in the second quarter.

But Mount Paran would turn the ball right back over to Whitefield, which recovered a fumble at the Eagle 30.

That turnover led to Whitefield’s first score of the game as Pollard scored on a 15-yard quarterback keeper with 8:17 left to put the Wolfpack in front 7-3.

After Mount Paran was forced to punt on the ensuing series, Whitefield scored again when a 47-yard pass from Pollard to Richard Sherrell moved the ball down to the Eagle 13 and set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Dupree, followed by a Maxwell Kemether extra-point kick, to increase the Wolfpack lead to 14-3.

Mount Paran drove deep into Whitefield territory early in the fourth quarter as Trammel’s 53-yard run moved the ball to the Whitefield 26-yard line with 11:29 remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles moved the ball down to the Whitefield 7 with 9:00 left in the third quarter, but ended up turning the ball over to the Wolfpack on downs.

Another deep drive by Mount Paran late in the fourth quarter took the ball once again to the Whitefield 7, but Dupree intercepted a pass by Berryman with 3:03 left in the game to end the drive.
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