By Kris Freeman for White House Football
CROSS PLAINS — Alex Lyon’s 41-yard interception return with 2:44 left in the game set up White House inside the Fairview red zone, and the Blue Devils cashed in to end the East Robertson Jamboree in a 7-7 tie after two quarters.
Dominated in the opening 21 minutes of play, White House seized an opportunity with a defensive stand inside the 10, forcing a field goal to miss wise left at the start of the second quarter. Moving the football down the field, the Blue Devils missed a chance to tie the game by fumbling it away.
But Fairview launched a pass to the far sideline with 2:59 left and the senior Lyon snagged it out of the air, breaking down the visitor bench to the Fairview 19. Sophomore Josh Flynn ran to the 14 and a five-yard facemask moved the ball to the 9, then Flynn powered his way to the 1. He finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to the left side untouched, and Dillon Anderson’s extra point bounced off the left upright and in for the tie game.
Earlier in the contest, White House went three-and-out on its opening possession and the Yellow Jackets turned the opportunity into a 63-yard touchdown run and extra point to make it 7-0.
Both teams had four first downs, but Fairview held a 129-63 advantage in total yards. The Jackets were 2-of-3 on third down and 1-of-1 on fourth down, but White House missed on three of the five chances on third down. Neither team passed well, as just 2-of-7 passes in the game were complete for 11 yards, both by the visitors.
White House rushed 18 times for 63 yards and Fairview gained 118 on 13 carries. Each team had a turnover.
Individually, the Blue Devils were led by Flynn with eight carries for 29 yards and a touchdown, followed by Trey Hyde‘s six carries for 17 yards. Alex Felts added two for 13 including a powerful fourth down run in the second quarter.
White House does not play a week zero game, and will take a week off before coming home to host Portland on August 30. Game time at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium is 7:30 p.m.