By Craig Harris for The News Examiner
White House (3-0 overall, 1-0 in District 9-AA) at Sycamore (1-2, 0-1)
Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Ralph Spangler Stadium
Last week: White House captured a 37-35 victory over visiting Lipscomb Academy. Sycamore did not play last Friday after suffering a 35-13 loss to visiting Westmoreland two weeks ago.
Last meeting between the two teams: The Blue Devils captured an 18-15 victory over the visiting War Eagles last season.
The last two games between these two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less, with the War Eagles claiming a 25-18 victory over the visiting Blue Devils two years ago.
The Blue Devils were successful in a close game last week, with junior Logan Trimmer kicking a 22-yard field goal in the final seconds for the win.
Trimmer – who is also the team’s punter in addition to playing at both tight end and defensive end – has filled in for senior Dillon Anderson as the placekicker and has made four field goals over the last two games. Anderson has missed the last two contests after being injured in the team’s season-opening victory at Portland.
White House’s offense was rarely slowed last week, compiling 27 first downs and 435 total yards.
Blue Devil quarterback Steven Rankin completed 13 of 18 passes for 158 yards, and sophomore tailback Ronald Honeycutt rushed for 176 yards on 35 carries, receiving the majority of the work in the backfield after junior tailback Josh Flynn left the game due to an injury. Flynn did not return.
Rankin completed passes to five different receivers.
Sycamore has had two weeks to prepare after its loss to visiting Westmoreland.
The War Eagles had 248 total yards against the Eagles, but four interceptions proved costly. Westmoreland averaged better than seven yards per carry.
Sycamore opened the season with a 28-20 victory over visiting Whites Creek but then suffered a 34-12 setback at Trousdale County.
White House has won 11 of the 14 meetings between the two programs.
This is the Blue Devils’ third road game over their first four contests, but White House will be at home for four of the next five games.