News Examiner: Rams surge past White House

The Rucker-Stewart Middle School football team had extra motivation on Tuesday evening and came away with a 32-8 victory over White House at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.

Rams’ head coach Bobby Beasley was emotional in speaking with his players after the game, due to the death of his grandmother last Saturday. Beasley attended her funeral on Monday.

“This was for her,” Beasley said. “It was an emotional win.”

Rucker-Stewart (4-2) scored the first 12 points and then the last 20.

“White House is always scary,” Beasley said. “They do the things that we want to do. We try to be physical on offense and tenacious on defense.

“I’m more proud of the kids than I have been all season, because we played all four quarters of Rucker-Stewart football.”

Ram quarterback Jayden McMurray connected with tight end Billy Weekley for the game’s first touchdown, a 16-yard connection on the team’s opening possession.

The first of Rico Holmes’ three touchdown runs – a 23-yard scamper that capped a 90-yard drive – extended the lead to 12-0.

Blue Devil tailback Keyvan Dickerson capped an extensive scoring drive on the team’s third possession with a touchdown run, and Dickerson’s successful two-point conversion run pulled White House to within four points.

However, Antonio Jenkins returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown.

Holmes had a 60-yard touchdown run before halftime, and Brady Harris caught the successful conversion pass from McMurray to create a 26-8 margin at the intermission.

Holmes’ third touchdown run was a 73-yarder that came on his squad’s second possession of the second half to cap the scoring.

White House defensive lineman Levi Ledbetter recovered a fourth-quarter fumble by Rucker-Stewart, and Blue Devil linebacker Will Frazer had an interception.

The Blue Devils fell to 3-3 with the loss.

None of the teams in the Sumner County Conference play next week due to fall break. They will resume play on Tuesday, Oct. 14, with Rucker-Stewart facing cross-town rival Shafer and White House facing Knox Doss at Beech High School.

Station Camp 12, Ellis 8

The Bison captured their first victory with a road win at Hendersonville High’s Paul Decker Field.

The Cougar touchdown came on a pass from Dylan Erwin and Drew Hohenbrink, and Dalton Jones followed with a successful two-point conversion run.

Ellis fell to 3-3, while Station Camp improved to 1-5.

Hunter 22, Portland West 16

The Buccaneers improved to 3-3 with the win over the visiting Panthers at Shackle Island Stadium, but they had to hang on in the final minutes to do so.

Portland West’s Kobe Dutcher scored on a 9-yard run with 3:30 remaining in regulation, and Gino Bellavia added the two-point conversion for the Panthers.

The ensuing onside kick failed, and the Buccaneers were able to run out the clock after Portland West jumped offside on a fourth-and-2 play.

Quarterback Bo Bo Hodges scored Hunter’s first touchdown in the opening quarter before Dutcher returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards for a touchdown and scored the two-point conversion as well to give Portland West an 8-6 lead.

Leroy Blackwell’s touchdown run and Haven Mangrum’s two-point conversion in the second quarter put the Buccaneers back in front, creating what would be a 14-8 halftime lead.

Blackwell added another touchdown run and a two-point conversion in the third quarter.

Dutcher gained 77 yards on 15 carries, and he was on the receiving end of both of Bellavia’s completions, resulting in 39 yards. Dutcher also made a team-best 10 tackles, recovered a fumble and blocked a punt.

Panther teammate Trey Gregory rushed for 44 yards on six carries and also made five tackles, one of which resulted in a loss of yardage.

The loss dropped Portland West to 3-3, but the Panthers still lead the Eastern Division due to winning all three of their divisional contests.

Hawkins 52, Portland East 8

The Commandos built a 38-0 halftime lead en route to the win at Edgar Johnson Stadium.

“Going into the game we knew Hawkins was big and physical, but our goal was to control the line of scrimmage and play physical football with them,” Panther head coach Jake Judd said. “We were able to do that for most of the first half, but turnovers continue to plague our team. We committed five last night, and every one came at a crucial time that stopped our momentum.”

Derek Kincaid exceeded 100 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns.

Hawkins quarterback Larkin O’Shea threw two touchdown passes, a 50-yarder to Andrew Gober and a 40-yarder to Gaylen Rutledge.

Commando back-up quarterback Chase Nelson connected with Erick Morales for a 20-yard touchdown, while Damian Chandler added a 30-yard touchdown run for Hawkins.

Kennedy Jordan had two interceptions, and Austin Halas had a fumble recovery for Hawkins, which improved to 6-0 with the victory.

Austin Hicks had a 63-yard touchwon run in the fourth quarter, and Quintin Fowler followed with a successful two-point conversion run.

Hicks finished with 122 total yards, and he also had a team-leading five tackles.

Teammate Collin Gregory blocked a Commando punt and also had a tackle that resulted in a 10-yard loss.

“I thought our offensive line did a much better job in the first half of holding their blocks to give our backs a shot at hitting the hole,” Judd said. “Our team played aggressively the entire game and never quit.

“We will take the upcoming fall break to rest up a little and then get back to work, getting ready for Station Camp.”

Portland East fell to 0-6.

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