Cade Palmer + White Oak Roll Past Winnsboro With 59-14 Rout
LINDALE – Cade Palmer had four touchdown passes as the White Oak offense went to work in Thursday night’s playoff opener against Winnsboro.
Palmer threw for 191 yards, targeting four different receivers, and White Oak cruised to a 59-14 upending of Winnsboro in their Class 3A Division I bi-district playoff at Eagle Stadium.
White Oak (9-2) advanced to the area round, and will meet the winner of Commerce and Pottsboro next week. Winnsboro’s season ended at 7-4.
Connor Hearron rushed for 142 yards, scoring twice on 19 carries for the Roughnecks, who ran their winning streak to five games.
Swade Smith had a 6-yard score and hauled in five passes for 68 yards, snagging a 23-yard touchdown pass from Palmer. Colby Seigley finished with four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Max Kutch and Jacob Young had scoring receptions of 18 and 12 yards, respectively.
Junior kicker Arthur Nakai connected on a 34-yard field goal.
For Winnsboro, junior running back Marcus Tucker had 98 yards on 12 carries and, got the Red Raiders on the board with a 1-yard scamper late in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Lucas Pinnell had 45 yards rushing and a 26-yard scoring strike to Jeremy Moses for the Red Raiders’ scoring against a White Oak squad that entered the night with three consecutive shutouts.
Palmer had two first-quarter touchdowns, a 5-yard pass to Siegley and an 18-yard score to Kutch, as White Oak built a 21-0 lead after the first 12 minutes.
White Oak’s defense forced a turnover on downs at the Roughnecks' 40, thwarting a Red Raiders drive that included a third-and-14 conversion.
Hearron had a 17-yard run before putting Winnsboro in a four-score hole with a 19-yard touchdown
Tucker broke off a 63-yard run to the White Oak 7, and the Roughnecks' defense tightened before Tucker blasted in a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal.
Smith had his first touchdown to close the first half, putting White Oak in front, 35-7.
Winnsboro opened the third quarter with turnovers on back-to-back possessions, and White Oak capitalized, both on the arm of Palmer.
Following that, Nakai’s field goal made it 52-7 inside the final minute of the third quarter.
The Red Raiders opened the fourth quarter with a pair of third down conversions on an 10-play, 62-yard drive that ended with Pinnell’s pass to Moses with 6:39 remaining.
White Oak’s Zach Maly had a 1-yard rushing score to close out the night and send White Oak forward in the postseason.