News Examiner: Cheatham County at White House (Preview)

cheatham co-tnBy Staff Reports for The News Examiner

Cheatham County (0-8 overall, 0-4 in District 9-AA) at White House (5-3, 3-2)

Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium

Last week: Cheatham County suffered a 48-21 loss at White House Heritage. White House dropped a 14-7 decision to visiting Westmoreland.

Last meeting between the two programs: The Blue Devils captured a 34-14 win at Cheatham County last season.

White House has lost three of its last four contests after opening the season with four consecutive victories.

Despite taking a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils gained just 90 yards while allowing 359 rushing yards to visiting Westmoreland last Friday. White House tailbacks Trey Hyde and Ronald Honeycutt combined to average just three yards per carry, and the Blue Devils struggled to protect junior quarterback Steven Rankin, who was sacked four times and completed just 4 of 15 pass attempts.

Rankin entered the contest having already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and completing 58 percent of his pass attempts.

White House will need help in order to finish with one of the automatic playoffs berths granted to the top two teams in each district. The Blue Devils won the District 9-AA championship the last two seasons, earning them an automatic berth.

However, the five wins that White House has may already be enough to earn the Blue Devils an at-large berth into the Class 4A playoffs.

The winless Cubs have had just two games decided by single-figure margins.

Cheatham County sophomore running back Matthew Horton rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries last Friday, and Cub senior quarterback Ryan Christmas completed 8 of 15 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown.

Cheatham County has allowed 27 points or more in every game, and White House Heritage finished with 494 yards (330 rushing yards) last Friday.

The Cubs are in the midst of a three-game road stretch to conclude the season.

White House has been at home for four of its last five games.

The Blue Devils have won the last four games against Cheatham County, though the Cubs lead the all-time series (10-5).

>> White House is hosting Pink Out Night on Friday, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

The Blue Devil players will be wearing pink jerseys, and there will be a silent auction during the game. All of the jerseys can be bid on, and local merchants have pledged varying donations on each jerseys.

Pink version of the Farm Bureau Insurance hats will be on sale as well.

The area coordinating sponsor is Farm Bureau Insurance Agency manager Tal Plumlee.

White House is one of 37 high schools who are wearing the pink jerseys this season in support of the fight against breast cancer.

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