By Chris Lynn for The Robertson County Times
The Blue Devils are coming off one of their worst losses on homecoming in recent past with the 39-8 defeat to Springfield and the Patriots are on a two-game winning streak after handing Westmoreland and Jo Byrns losses, and both teams will enter Thursday night’s game with identical 4-1 records, so something has to give.
“What we have to do is put Friday night’s loss behind us and get back to work,” said White House coach Jeff Porter. “We can’t have a hangover from the loss against Springfield and let one loss turn into two losses, we just have to watch the tape, see what we did wrong and correct it because I have no doubt that Heritage will be coming in ready to play.”
Heritage coach Pat Brown said it hasn’t been that long since his team also suffered a bad loss on homecoming.
“It wasn’t that long ago that Spring Hill came into our place on homecoming and handed us a 41-7 loss, but for us that was a turning point,” Brown said. “I think that really woke us up and we’ve played much better since that game.
“I have no doubt that White House will do the same thing. Coach Porter is very good about bouncing back after a loss and we’ll probably be facing a White House team that is going to be out with something to prove. This is a rivalry game that both teams want to win, but it’s also a big district game with district implications, and they lost to a very good Springfield team that is still undefeated. We don’t have the type of speed and size that Springfield has, but we’re going to do our best and hope to have a good game Thursday night.”
Brown isn’t sure which White House team he would rather be facing Thursday, a team that is confident coming off another win that may look past the Patriots, or one that has just suffered a loss, but he’s pretty sure which team he’ll be getting.
“I guess I can see advantages to both scenarios,” said Brown. “It might be good to be facing a team that still hadn’t lost this season and might be looking past us to their next opponent because of what happened last season.
“Playing a White House team that has just lost the way they did might have them questioning themselves, but Coach Porter has been at this a long time and his team always seem to bounce back after a loss. We’re going to need to play a sound game Thursday night and hope to get some turnovers, and we’re also going to need some things to go our way if we’re going to have success.”
White House and Heritage will kick off at 7:30 Thursday night at Vanderbilt and the Patriots will be the home team this year.