From staff reports
Whale Branch bounced back from a heartbreaking loss a week ago to beat visiting Cross, 31-14, on Friday, assuring the Warriors of a home game in the first round of the playoffs.
The Warriors’ region title hopes took a hit with a 30-25 loss to Baptist Hill last week, but Whale Branch was back to its winning ways against the Trojans. Kai’Shawn Jenkins had a big game, rushing for a touchdown and tossing a 63-yard touchdown pass to Jakhi Pusha, who also added a 7-yard scoring run.
The Warriors’ defense shut out the Trojans in the second half with the help of interceptions from Mason Griffin and Kamron Holman. Griffin took his pick back for a touchdown.
Whale Branch star Joseph Hicks helped anchor the defense but carried a lighter load in the backfield due to back soreness.
Whale Branch (4-1, 3-1) is off next week before traveling to Estill on Oct. 15. The Warriors are also seeking an opponent for Oct. 22.