It took almost three-fourths of the game, but a big Whiteland offensive line and relentless running by senior Jeffrey Wooten wore down South Bend Riley for a 47-32 home opening win Friday night.
Wooten scored four times, including twice in a 22-point fourth quarter, as the Class 5A No. 10 Warriors pulled away in a seesaw contest.
“Winning takes care of itself when you practice hard,” said Wooten, who tallied 215 yards on 26 carries in a gritty performance. “We don’t worry about winning, but getting better.”
Whiteland literally got better over the course of the contest, trading offensive punches with a Wildcat team that parlayed unconventional quarterback Daigien Morgan — think Cam Newton — and a host of speedy skill players into a defensive challenge for the Warriors.