Story by: Chloe Bates;  Photo by: Avery Spencer

The White Oak Roughnecks beat the Arp Tigers last Monday, 44-22. The Roughnecks now stand 5-1 on the season, and 4-0 in district.

The Roughnecks had a shaky start with the Tigers going up 6-0 in the beginning of the first quarter. But the ‘Necks came back and ended the first quarter with a 9-8 lead. White Oak continued their lead throughout the game with second quarter ending 19-10, and maintaining the lead in the third quarter, 29-16.

Our full court press has allowed us throughout the season to build a lead in games,” Coach Jamie Salter said. “Once we can get up, teams have had trouble getting back into the game.”

Leading scorer for the ‘Necks was Landyn Grant with 19 points. Other contributors were Adrian Mumphery and Caden Tyner with eight points each, as well as both Colton Millwood and Hayden Craig with three. Noah Carter added two and Holden Hodges contributed one.

We played very well as a team and finished 2018 with a win,” Grant said. “But we need to get better at our press defense and boxing out. We will be fine because we work hard every day at practice and always give 110 percent. Hard works beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

The ‘Necks will take some time off over Christmas break and open up the new year in West Rusk on on January 10 at 5:00 p.m.