After his team's postseason and league title hopes were dashed with a 29-27 loss at Harvest Prep on Oct. 25, Whitehall-Yearling football coach Rod Lightfoot was hoping his players would respond with a strong effort in the season finale.
The Rams did just that, according to Lightfoot, while defeating Buckeye Valley 40-30 on Nov. 1 at home to finish 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division. It is Whitehall's sixth consecutive winning season.
"Buckeye Valley (finished) 1-9, but we watched them on film and anybody can beat anybody in this league," Lightfoot said. "Buckeye Valley took the lead (in the fourth quarter) and our kids had to respond."
Ni'Kai Cameron completed eight of 13 passes for 186 yards with three touchdowns and Christian Gordon had seven catches for 154 yards and two scores to lead the Rams.
Juvaun Blackshear rushed for 71 yards on 10 carries, and Melvin Tinsley added 68 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Whitehall rushed for 201 yards on 38 carries and finished with 387 total yards.
"The seniors were playing for a winning season, finishing off their last game on our new turf," Lightfoot said. "They wanted to go out strong and establish a winning season for themselves and they did that, so we're proud of their efforts."
Whitehall finished third in the league behind Harvest Prep (6-0) and Columbus Academy (5-1) and ahead of Grandview (3-3), Bexley (2-4), Buckeye Valley (1-5) and Liberty Union (0-6).
The Rams finished 14th in Division II, Region 8. The top eight teams qualified for the playoffs.
Harvest Prep (Division VII, Region 27), Academy (Division V, Region 19) and Grandview (Division VI, Region 24) earned postseason berths.
Whitehall won the league title last season at 5-0 and reached a Division II, Region 7 semifinal before losing to Massillon Washington 35-17 to finish 10-2 overall. It was the Rams' third consecutive postseason appearance.