News Examiner: The March to Football Postseason Begins

By Craig Harris for The news Examiner


The Blue Devils have more time than many of their Sumner County counterparts, not opening the regular season until Aug. 30.

Therefore, White House has two-a-day practices planned throughout this week, and the Blue Devils don’t have their first scrimmage until they host Goodpasture on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.

“We feel like it’s a long time until we play,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “We have so much to cover. We need all of that time.”

The Blue Devils wedged two practices into Monday morning, a session from 6:30 until 8:30 and another from 10:15 until 12:15 p.m.

“You have to keep in mind what you are working for,” White House senior fullback/linebacker Taylor Wood said. “We have meetings, and you take it to the practice field.”

Wood admitted that there is some excitement in donning full pads.

“You get to play football,” Wood said. “That’s what everyone is waiting to do. You get to see what the team looks like.

“You lift weights, and you run (in the offseason). You do all the preparation. None of that is football. It’s preparation for football. Getting the pads on is fun.”

Despite the extended hours on the field, Porter pointed out that it can be as mentally exhausting as it is physically taxing, but rewards can also come from it.

“It’s more mental than it is anything,” Porter – whose program won the District 9-AA championship and reached the Class 4A quarterfinals last season before suffering a 27-23 loss to visiting Liberty Tech Magnet on a late touchdown pass – said. “You have to get your mind right and understand what you’re working for. If you do that, you’re not just working to get through something. You are working to get better.

“Two-a-days are no fun, but they are a necessity of a means trying to get to an end. It can be a rewarding week. That’s up to the players. Its’ a responsibility to build chemistry. But our greatest growth around here takes place in the face of adversity. You find out what you have and what you need to do to get better. A lot of people look at adversity as a negative. We look at it as a positive. It’s going to happen, but we welcome it. You don’t wish it on anybody, but it will happen.”

White House – which has three returning starters on offense and five on defense – also has a scrimmage against visiting Hendersonville on Thursday, Aug. 15, followed by a jamboree against Fairview that will be held at East Robertson High School the next night.

The Blue Devils open their season on Aug. 30 at home against rival Portland.

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