By Kris Freeman for The White House Connection
Patriots come to White House for playoff rematch
WHITE HOUSE – With the release of the Class 4-A playoff brackets, the White House Blue Devils drew the Page Patriots in preparation for Friday night’s first round game.
The selection show was held Saturday at 10 a.m., and teams waited patiently as the video and website feed from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association delayed results. When all was clear, White House was a number two seed in quad three, and will play the Page (5-5, 2-3) at home Friday night in Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
“We felt like it was going to be one of three teams, and they were one of them,” said White House head coach Jeff Porter, whose team has made three straight trips to the Class 4-A quarterfinals. “The coaches have film today and we know they have a really good quarterback and throw the football well. They have the ability to score points.”
Page ended the season with a .500 record but plays in one of the toughest Class AA districts, losing to both Christ Presbyterian Academy (10-0) and Giles County (8-2) during the regular season. The Blue Devils and Patriots have one common opponent. Page opened with a 60-42 loss to Lipscomb Academy and White House fell to the Mustangs in week three, 31-6.
The teams have met 12 times, 11 in the regular season. White House leads the series, 9-3, and won 42-6 in the Class 4-A second round at home in 2011.
“That’s so early in the season, and both teams have changed and grown since then,” Porter said. “But if they can score 42 points on Lipscomb, then they gain our respect quickly, considering that we were only able to put up six.”
White House (8-2) won District 9-AA with a perfect record inside district play, and will host a playoff game guaranteed through the second round with a win in the first week. The winner of week one plays Lexington or Greenbrier in the second round. For White House to host a third round game, top-seeded Pearl-Cohn would have to be upset in the first two rounds.
But first thing’s first, and that’s winning week one.
“Records really don’t mean a lot and this is a good football team we are playing Friday night,” Porter said. “They play in a very tough district, and now everybody is 0-0 and we have a week of practice and 48 minutes left, and that’s all that is guaranteed. We are happy to get a home game.”
The Blue Devils come into the game the 13th-ranked scoring defense in the entire state of Tennessee in all classifications, at 11.1 points per game. But White House has given up 32 total the past two weeks, the most since a Lipscomb defeat in week three on the road when White House gave up 31.
Page finished the season with a 27-12 victory over Spring Hill Friday, as White House fell to Pope John Pau, 18-10.