HILLDALE — It was same song, next verse Friday for the Seminole Chieftains as their star running back Papi White powered the team to a 43-28 victory over Hilldale.
HILLDALE — It was same song, next verse Friday for the Seminole Chieftains as their star running back Papi White powered the team to a 43-28 victory over Hilldale. As he has done throughout the playoffs, White terrorized the Hilldale defense. White accounted for 395 total yards and six touchdowns. Most of his yardage and scores came on the ground. The senior ran for 320 yards on 31 carries and had four rushing touchdowns. White also had one catch that resulted in a 25-yard touchdown and a 50-yard fumble recovery for another touchdown. Seminole head coach Mike Snyder said Hilldale did all they could to contain White. “They put as many people up front as they could,” he said. “They stacked the box with eight players most times, but it looked like 12 some of the time.” The game was tight in the early going with both teams trading scores. Hilldale struck first with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Puckett to Bradley Campbell. Seminole (13-0) replied with White's first touchdown of the night, a 5-yard run. The teams ended tied 14-14 at halftime. Then, both sides scored a touchdown in the third quarter to keep things knotted up at 21-21. Once the fourth quarter started, the Papi White Show started. White opened scoring in the final quarter with a 93-yard dash to put Seminole up 28-21. Then, the Chieftains scored two points on a safety. They followed this with an 8-yard touchdown run also by White. However, Hilldale (10-3) wasn't finished yet, as Campbell ran in a 5-yard score to make it Seminole 30, Hilldale 28. But the Chieftains willed their way to victory thanks to a pair of big plays by White. The first of which was a 49-yard touchdown run. Then, White added a touchdown on defense with a 50-yard return of a fumble he recovered. Snyder credited White with being a difference maker late in the game. “Number six [White] put on a show in second half,” he said. “He was a big difference in game. We did some good things up front for him, but some of that was just his raw talent.” Now, it is on to the state semifinals for Seminole. They will face Kingfisher (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Choctaw High School. Snyder was all business regarding his team's next challenge. “We're back in the semifinals and one closer to playing for the championship,” he said. “We're where we want to be. Everything's in front of us.” Report compiled by Matt Caban.