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Six-Man Spotlight: Follett v. White Deer from Texas

Tagged under: Beyond The Keystone, Gameday Hub

| October 30, 2022


Thursday night football is becoming more and more common in the Lone Star State. In the land of Friday Night Lights, the crunch of official shortages, travel issues, etc necessitates moving games from Friday. But Saturday is the realm of college ball. So, Thursday games creep onto the schedule.

For Follett, this was the sixth such Thursday game on the schedule. And the Panthers of Follett are no slouch. Having been state runners-up as recently as 2018, they know success. Four title game appearances since 2008. A title back in 1974 (8-Man). But in the far northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle, in fact, the furthest northeastern school, they make do, as with so many things, with what they have.

The visitors on the evening were the White Deer Bucks. A small school along US60 between Amarillo and Canadian, the town has seen its share of ups and downs. Once an 11-man team, the Bucks have dropped to the 6-man game for years. With state titles in 1958 and 1988. Also a loss in 1965.

Despite the prospect of a close game, Follett came out on a tear. Scoring on the first play via a Shayne Franks 60 yard run. He added two more in the second from 3 and 46 yards out. David Meeks got on the board with a 5 yard run with 1:56 left in the half. Bryan Torres finished the half with a 5 yard catch from Meeks. All five kicks for conversions were good. In the six man game, that’s two points per kick. Giving Follett a strong 40-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, White Deer finally broke the goose egg with a 3 yard run by Hunter Warminski. Follett then snapped out of their second half stupor with a 1 yard run by Osiei Ventura to retake a 40 point lead, 48-8.

In the fourth, David Meeks would run it in from ten yards out. Surpassing Texas’ 45 point sudden death rule in six-man football. Follett would win, 54-8 with 5:55 left in the fourth quarter.

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