White Hall got back into the victory column Friday for the first time since week four of the season with a convincing 47-14 win at Hot Springs. The win improves the Bulldogs record to 5-3 overall and more importantly to 2-3 in 5A South play.

The win also keeps the Bulldogs in the playoff picture for at least one more week.

White Hall jumped all over the Trojans early, propelling to a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Hot Springs opened on offense and moved the ball inside Bulldog territory before White Hall’s defense stiffened, forcing Hot Springs to turn the ball over on downs.

It was not long before the Bulldogs found the end zone, as Dante Buckner scored from three yards out. White Hall failed to convert the point after attempt.

White Hall was back in business quickly when Erwin Williams recovered a Hot Springs fumble at the Trojan 45 yard line. Ollie Reddick worked quickly, and the senior gave White Hall a two-touchdown lead with a 9-yard scoring run. C.J. Collins point after attempt was true and the Bulldogs led 13-0.

On the ensuing Hot Springs possession, White Hall extended their already two-score lead when Jabin Gully stepped in front of a Trojan pass at midfield. Fifty yards later, the Bulldogs led 19-0 as Gully raced for the defensive touchdown. Collins made it 20-0 with the extra point.

Hot Springs finally cut into the Bulldogs lead at the 11 minute mark of the second quarter when Damien Walker raced 65 yards for the first Trojan score. Christian Jovel’s point after made it 20-7.

White Hall answered quickly with the help of a kickoff return by Austin Terrell. The playmaker set up Ollie Reddick for another score, this one from 32 yards out. Collins converted once again and the Bulldogs were rolling, leading 27-7.

White Hall put the game on ice a few defensive plays later when Ollie Reddick recovered a Hot Springs fumble and returned it 22 yards to the end zone. Collins drilled another point after for a 34-7 advantage. The Bulldogs tacked on another score with under two minutes remaining in the half when Ollie Reddick found Jabari Blackmon for a 23-yard throw and catch touchdown. White Hall’s attempt to invoke the sportsmanship rule was unsuccessful when they failed to convert a two-point play.

The teams headed to the locker room with the score 40-7 in favor of the Bulldogs. Both White Hall and Hot Springs would score once in the second half for the 47-14 final.

The win keeps White Hall in contention for the postseason, as Dequeen dropped a 49-14 decision to Hot Springs Lakeside. White Hall will host winless Hope this Friday night. The Bobcats lost to Camden Fairview 57-16 last week.

The game of the year will likely take place in week ten when the Bulldogs travel to DeQueen.