What: White House Heritage Patriots at White House Blue Devils varsity football
When: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House City Park
Head coaches: Jeff Porter (White House) and Pat Brown (White House Heritage)
Tickets: If you did not purchase tickets from the school prior to the event, please pay at the gate.
What’s at stake: Pride. The third meeting of the two teams happens for the first time in the hometown after the first two games were played at a neutral site. White House won in 2013, White House Heritage won in 2014. Both of those games were region games. With the realignment of the TSSAA districts, tonight’s game is a regular season game but not a district game.
2013: The historic first meeting of the two public high schools in White House on the football field moved the showcase event of the town to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. The Blue Devils of White House High School dominated the game on the ground and in time of possession, winning 26-7 over the Patriots of White House Heritage High School Thursday night. The estimated crowd of 6,000 people watched as two teams battled on the gridiron for the first time ever, after the Sumner and Robertson County line running through the town resulted in a new school opening 12 years ago. Following an opening scoring drive of 13 plays and 76 yards for White House to take a 6-0 lead, the Blue Devils turned to a consistent defensive performance to take control of the contest for good. White House held White House Heritage to 31 total yards and no first downs until a final 13-play, 84-yard drive by the Patriots to get on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots had 110 yards of total offense, 88 of which on the ground and was just 1-of-6 on third down. The Patriots only ran 29 plays in the game. White House had 328 total yards and ran 64 plays, easily holding a 33:40-14:20 edge in time of possession. Senior tailback Alex Felts carried 30 times for 172 yards, breaking for 38 yards on the second play of the game to set the tone for the Blue Devils on the ground. Ryan Pool completed 6-of-10 for 70 yards and rushed for two touchdowns.
2014: The counter punch was a whopper. White House Heritage evened the series with White House with a 15-6 rally victory at Vanderbilt Stadium. White House won the first meeting in 2013 on the same field. After Trent Burian tied the game at 6-6 with a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Patriots, Chris Rippy recovered a Blue Devils’ fumble at the 41-yard-line to set up the winning touchdown. Quarterback Hunter Reyes marched the team 11 plays and 41 yards over a span of 5:28 with Kyle Fuhrer plunging in on second down. Burian’s extra point made it 13-6 with 2:11 left, but the kicker’s magic was not finished. Burian’s squib kick made it inches from the goal line and took a hard left turn, and Brian Mullins was swarmed at the 2-yard-line. On the first play, White House quarterback Steven Rankin threw the ball away incomplete for a safety on intentional grounding. Owen Barry covered the onside kick and the Patriots ran out the clock.