Wolverines heading to region championship


By Andrew Wigger - awigger@civitasmedia.com



Whitmire secured a spot in the playoffs with Friday night’s win over Dixie High School.


Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire High School Wolverines officially have a home game win under their belt after defeating the Dixie High School Hornets 16-6 Friday night.

The first quarter saw neither team score, but during the second quarter the Wolverines scored within the first minute, something they were building up to during the first quarter.

The Wolverines also had a successful two point conversion and the 8-0 lead. Neither team scored again during the first half.

“As I mentioned pre-game, they (Dixie) were bigger than us and their ball carriers are hard to tackle. Coach Lollis is doing a good job with those guys and I know Dixie will only get better running the Double Wing,” Head Coach Charlie Jenkins said. “We will have to work to stay ahead of them, but last night was only their ninth game in the offense, and our defense has practiced against that offense every practice for three years. We felt like we were a step ahead of them. We know the things that give us trouble and our Defensive Coordinator Andrew Campbell had a solid play to stop them.”

In the third quarter, the Hornets broke through the Wolverines defense and scored with eight minutes on the clock. Whitmire stopped the two point conversion after Trey Lyles broke up the pass.

Jenkins said this was one of his highlight plays of the night.

In the third quarter, quarterback Bailey Holloman passed to tight end Alan Mikel Stanley for a touchdown. Devin Vo was able to make the two point conversion and the third quarter ended 16-6.

The fourth quarter was a repeat of the first quarter, and the game ended 16-6. Throughout the game Holloman was able to punt the ball and saved field position for the Wolverines.

Jenkins said this was a game changer for them, and another highlight of the game.

The Wolverines are now 2-1 in the region, and will face McCormick High School this week. McCormick is 3-0 in the region.

With the win against Dixie, Whitmire has secured a spot in the playoffs, and if they win this week, they will host a playoff game.

“That is three years in a row for us. The worst we can finish is second place in the region,” Jenkins said. “Next Friday we play at home versus McCormick for the Region 1-A championship. The last time that Whitmire played for a region championship was 2007 when they beat Christ Church in Greenville. The last time that Whitmire played at home for the Region title was in 2004 versus Jonesville, Whitmire lost that game.”

Whitmire secured a spot in the playoffs with Friday night’s win over Dixie High School.
http://newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC_0200.jpgWhitmire secured a spot in the playoffs with Friday night’s win over Dixie High School. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

By Andrew Wigger

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