By Kris Freeman for White House Football
WHITE HOUSE — The White House Blue Devils have received 12 selections on the 2014 All-District 9-AA team, including nine positional award winners and three at-large recipients.
Junior Logan Trimmer was named to the team as Most Versatile. Trimmer is the starting tight end, punter and defensive end for the Blue Devils, but also filled in for the first half of the season as kicker for injured senior Dillon Anderson. Trimmer was second on the team with 20 receptions for 269 yards and four touchdowns, third on the team in scoring with 50 points, was 11-for-11 on PAT, 5-for-5 on field goals, punted 36 times for 1,300 yards and a 36.11-yard average, and made 38 tackles with 5.5 sacks and nine tackles for losses with two caused fumbles and 10 quarterback hurries. Trimmer also kicked off 25 times for 1,241 yards and 16 touchbacks.
Senior kicker Dillon Anderson, a preseason All-State selection, rebounded from an injury in week one to win his second consecutive award as the Placekicker for the All-District team. Anderson kicked off 50 times for 2,452 yards and 25 touchbacks, and was 31-of-35 on extra points. He was fourth on the team in scoring with 31 points.
Senior Josh Mullins was awarded at wide receiver. Mullins was fourth on the team with 15 receptions, but first in reception yards and average per catch with 534 yards and 35.6 yards per reception. He scored five touchdowns. On defense, he made 33 tackles with two fumble recoveries and three passes broken up.
Senior Chris Baldwin was named the Return Specialist for the All-District team. His second half of the season was phenomenal, with two long returns for touchdowns on defense and special teams. His 100-yard interception return and 96-yard kick return added to the touchdown he scored on the first defensive snap with a pick six at Portland to start the season. He had 40 tackles, five interceptions for 149 yards and two scores, three special teams blocks, and 12 kick returns for 321 yards and a score. Baldwin also caught seven passes for 42 yards on offense. In all, he had 17 returns total for 470 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior Kyle Cantrell (center) and junior Brennan Harshaw (tackle) were named to the offensive line for the team. The pair helped White House to 305.2 yards per game of total offense, including 165.5 on the ground and a near-record 139.6 yards per game passing that almost eclipsed a school record mark set by the Blue Devils in 2004 at 146 yards per game. Cantrell had three tackles and a sack on defense and Harshaw added 18 with five tackles for losses.
Junior Blaiz Phillips was honored on the defensive line. Phillips was sixth on the team with 65 tackles but led the squad with 15 tackles for losses, plus a sack and eight quarterback hurries. He caused two fumbles, recovering one for a defensive touchdown.
Junior Trey Hyde was named at linebacker. Hyde was the team leader in defensive stops with 134 tackles, with 12 for losses plus a sack and seven quarterback hurries. He broke up four passes and caused one fumble. Later in the season, he stepped up for an injured starting tailback and shouldered the load of the running game with 161 carries for 923 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the team in rushing and scoring. He also caught five passes for 67 yards and a score and returned three kicks for 114 yards including a 98-yarder against Cheatham County to the end zone. He ended the year with 106 points.
Junior Luke Hopkins was selected as a defensive back and another well-rounded athlete for the Blue Devils in 2014. The safety recorded 102 tackles, good for third on the team, with nine tackles for losses and six passes broken up. He caused two fumbles, recovered one, and picked off four passes for 24 yards. Hopkins also led the team with 21 receptions for 361 yards, but was a standout possession receiver in the middle of the field and did not score. He led the team in conversion receptions on third and fourth down and averaged 17.2 yards per catch. He did score a touchdown rushing with two carries for seven yards, and returned seven kicks for 79 yards. Hopkins also completed 3-of-4 passing for 50 yards.
Three at-large players made the team, as White House received three additional slots as the third place participant from District 9-AA.
Quarterback Steven Rankin, a junior, completed 103-of-190 passing for 1,765 yards and 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He ran 56 times and scored six touchdowns on the ground.
Senior fullback Troy Raymond rushed 31 times for 189 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 13 yards. He had four kick returns for 69 yards.
Junior Tanner Jordan rushed 17 times for 90 yards on offense, but made his biggest contributions at safety where he finished fifth on the team with 81 tackles, including 31 solo stops, just three behind Hopkins for the team lead. Jordan saved at least 10 touchdowns as the last man standing on breakaway runs and was an excellent open-field tackler. He had two tackles for losses, one pass break up and caused two fumbles.
The All-District Banquet for 9-AA is Monday, December 8th, at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, but attendance is for players and coaches and is invitation only.
The full All-District Team is below, and you can CLICK HERE for a printable PDF copy.