Senior Levi Parks set the tone early for a dominant Whiteland ground attack Friday night as the Warriors defeated visiting Mooresville 28-6 in a Mid-State Conference matchup.

Parks totaled 65 rushing yards during the game’s opening possession as Whiteland (4-3) topped the Pioneers (1-6) for the seventh consecutive time.

The Warriors, who were also celebrating their homecoming, scored their first points of the game on a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jake Perry following multiple lightning delays in the opening quarter.

Parks added a 39-yard scoring run late in the first, and junior Evan Hillman scored from 55 yards out as Whiteland built a 21-0 lead.

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Mooresville quarterback Eli Bunch connected with senior receiver Kyle Wise on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 3:35 left in the opening half to give the Pioneers their first points of the game, but Warriors senior Edwin Cisneros answered with a 77-yard scoring run on Whiteland’s next play from scrimmage.

That 28-6 margin held throughout the second half.

Cisneros led all ball carriers with 168 yards on nine carries while Parks ran the ball nine times for 122 yards. Sophomore Charlie Ogega rushed 12 times for 66 yards, and Hillman added two carries for 57 yards.

Whiteland travels to Plainfield on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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Greg Seiter is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.