By Karl Hawes for The Gallatin News Examiner
WHITE HOUSE — For the first time in the three-game history between White House and White House Heritage, the game was actually played in the city limits of White House.
For the past two years, the two teams traded their home stadiums for an opportunity to play the game at Vanderbilt University. It’s safe to say that the Blue Devils were excited to host the game this year and showed that energy on the field as they used big plays to down the Patriots 28-7 to open the 2015 prep campaign.
In front of a standing room only crowd, the Blue Devils started the game fast as senior kicker Logan Trimmer was able to pin the Patriots deep in their own territory to start their first drive of the night. After a quick three and out, the White House offense only needed one play on their opening drive to give the home fans something to cheer for as senior quarterback Steven Rankin found classmate Luke Hopkins for a 61-yard touchdown and the early 7-0 lead.
“It was obviously a really quick start for us,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “The pass play was big for us but I thought the kicking game and what Trimmer was able to do was a big key to our quick success.”
The Patriot offense would continue to struggle in the first quarter as they weren’t able to muster up a first down until three minutes into the second quarter. The Blue Devil defense was able to rise to the challenge.
“They were definitely more physical than us from the get go,” Patriot head coach Pat Brown said. “They did a great job game planning us and Coach Porter had his team ready to play.”
The Blue Devils would continue their physical dominance into the second quarter as they used a 13 play drive that was capped by a Trey Hyde 3-yard touchdown run for White House. The senior tailback led all rushers with 156 yards on the night.
The Patriots had an opportunity to pull closed later in the second period as senior Thad Baker was able to block a 44-yard field goal attempt by Trimmer. However the Blue Devil offense was able to shut them down and White House took a 14-0 lead to the locker room at the half. “I thought the stop we got after the blocked field goal was huge for us,” Porter said.
The Blue Devils started the second half just as they did the game. This time it was Hyde that break free for a 67-yard touchdown to give the Blue Devils a 21-0 commanding lead.
The Patriots would fight back though as sophomore quarterback Austin Gunter lead the Patriots on a 75-yard drive that saw him contact with Baker for a 9-yard touchdown.
However, the Blue Devils would crush any hopes of a comeback as once again they only needed one play as junior tailback Preston Long rumbled 87-yards to give the Blue Devils a 28-7 lead. “This was a great team effort by our kids,” Porter said. “I’m extremely happy for them and our coaches.”