Story by DOUG DONNELLY
Above photo by CARI HAYES
BRITTON — Whiteford completed a third consecutive 9-0 regular season Friday by beating the Britton Deerfield Patriots 68-13.
“It’s a great accomplishment for our kids, our program, coaches and our community,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “We’ve got a wonderful coaching staff who have dedicated a lot of time and effort, working with a talented group of kids and we’ve tremendous community support. When you have all of those things come together, some special things happen. We are thankful to be in this position.”
The Bobcats will find out who they play in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs at 7 p.m. Sunday.
For now, Whiteford will enjoy its 25th straight regular season win and 23rd win in a row, which ties a Monroe County Region record.
The Bobcats scored on every one of its first half possessions at Britton.
Hunter Lake scored on a 15-yard run then Ty Eitniear scored on a 71-yard run to give the Bobcats a 16-0 lead. Lake added a 33-yard scoring run and Logan Murphy scored on a 64-yard run and Whiteford led 32-0 after the first quarter.
After the Patriots scored on a 28-yard pass play, the Bobcats got another score from Murphy, this time on a 14-yard run, and the Bobcats went up 40-6. Following a second BD score, Murphy, Zach Bertz, D’Ondre Shaw and Devon Shaw scored touchdowns and Whiteford scored 68 first half points, setting a school record for points in a half.
Devon Shaw’s touchdown came on a fumble recovery return with just over a minute left in the first half.
Whiteford closed out the game by taking a knee inside the BD red zone over the final four minutes.
Murphy finished with 113 yards rushing. The Bobcats put up 449 yards of offense on just 36 offensive plays.
Defensively, Treylan Hess had six tackles, including four tackles for loss. Bertz had an interception and Jonathan Eipperle and DeShaun Williams had fumble recoveries.
Mensing said it’s not easy to go 9-0. For Whiteford to do it three years in a row with three different teams is quite an accomplishment.
“There’s nothing about this that is easy,” Mensing said. “This is a tremendous challenge and that’s what makes it fun.”
Whiteford 68, Britton Deerfield 13:
First downs-Plays 21-36 13-51
Rushes-yards 32-449 21- -15
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 12-30-1
Passing yards 29 264
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-3
Punts-Avg. 0.00 0-0.0
Penalties-Yards 6-40 5-35
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Whiteford 32 36 0 0 — 68
BD 0 13 0 0 — 13
W – Hunter Lake 15 run (Ty Eitniear run), 10:23, 1st
W – Ty Eitniear 71 run (Zack Bertz run), 6:29, 1st
W – Hunter Lake 33 run (Zack Bertz pass from Ty Eitniear), 5:23, 1st
W – Logan Murphy 64 run (Logan Murphy run), 2:41, 1st
BD – Zac Clark 28 pass from Spencer Hoffman (kick blocked), 11:53, 2nd
W – Logan Murphy 14 run (Logan Murphy run), 10:16, 2nd
BD – Shane Meinert 1 run (Ben Spoering kick), 7:50, 2nd
W – Logan Murphy 11 run (Zack Bertz run), 6:36, 2nd
W – Zack Bertz 14 run (run failed), 4:57, 2nd
W – D’Ondre Shaw 14 run (Caleb Williams run), 1:40, 2nd
W – Devon Shaw 11 fumble recovery return (kick failed), 1:33, 2nd
RUSHING — Whiteford: Logan Murphy 5-113, Ty Eitniear 4-92, Zack Bertz 4-77, Hunter Lake 3-62, D’Ondre Shaw 7-60, Caleb Williams 3-25, Zach Renaud 3-13, Nathan Bauman 1-7, Devon Shaw 2-0. BD: Shane Meinert 12-7, Nick Thomas 1-2, Dillon Sharp 1-0, Spencer Hoffman 4-(minus)-11, Dylan Boone 1-(minus)-13, No. 53 2-0.
PASSING — Whiteford: Ty Eitniear 2-3-0 29 yards, Nick Marchant 0-1-0. BD: Spencer Hoffman 12-30-1 264 yards.
RECEIVING— Whiteford: Logan Murphy 2-29. BD: Zac Clark 4-161, Shane Meinert 4-60, Brock Corley 1-19, Dylan Boone 1-16, Dillion Sharp 2-8.