GAMECENTER: Greenbrier 17, White House 6
GREENBRIER – For the second week in a row, the White House Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead against an arch rival and never scored again, falling at Greenbrier 17-6 Friday night.
The host Bobcats rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to score 17 unanswered points and capture only their third win against White House since 1981.
“We came into this football game banged up, and our young kids had to step up even more as the game went along,” said White House head coach Jeff Porter. “But I am proud of our kids. We never stopped fighting for the entirety of the game.
“We have a lot of work to do, so we just have to go back to the practice field and find a way to turn things around. The road will continue to be tough and this gives us an opportunity to find out who we are.”
Greenbrier did it running the football, and limiting the White House defense. The Bobcats rushed for 274 yards and did not complete a single pass. Isaiah Farmer led all players with 11 carries for 93 yards, while Jacob Waffird added 14 rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
White House (2-2) took an early lead on a two-yard run by Ronald Honeycutt in the first quarter with 4:17 remaining. The 13-play drive for 75 yards was aided by a fumble recovery on a muffed punt return inside Greenbrier territory.
Logan Trimmer’s extra point was wide, however, for a 6-0 lead. After the two teams exchanged a three-and-out, Greenbrier marched five plays for 75 yards and the go-ahead score.
Waffird scored on a five-yard run and Christian Warren added the PAT for a 7-6 edge. By halftime, it was 14-6 when Grogan, the quarterback, rushed for four yards with 37 seconds left and Warren again added the kick.
A 30-yard field goal made it 17-6 with 3:51 remaining in the game, but White House would not go away quietly.
Senior quarterback Luke Hopkins, playing for the injured Steven Rankin for the third week in a row, found Denis Schaffer for 36 yards on the first play after the field goal inside Greenbrier territory. Trimmer then caught a touchdown pass on a brilliant turn and run for 35 yards, but the gain was limited to 26 when a holding penalty called it back from the nine-yard-line.
Hopkins was sacked on an aggressive blitz and the ensuing fumble sealed the game at the 24-yard-line, and the ball was recovered at the Greenbrier 33.
Hopkins was 6-of-11 for 108 yards with Trimmer catching three balls for 47. Schaffer, Connor Holder and Brian Mullins also had a catch and Honeycutt led the team with 16 carries for 73 yards. Preston Long carried the ball six times for 27 yards and leading rusher Trey Hyde left the game injured after seven carries for 19 yards.
Jake White played in a reserve role for the Blue Devils and stepped up big, making 12 tackles. James Whitby had 10.
White House was 5-of-13 on third down but failed twice on fourth down in four attempts. The Blue Devils continued to be on the wrong side of the turnover battle, losing two of the three fumbles in the game. Greenbrier lost one fumble and neither team threw an interception.
White House also botched a first-half scoring opportunity when Hopkins threw incomplete on a field goal attempt following a bad snap.
The Blue Devils return home in week five to face Springfield in Region 5-4A play, looking at a dangerous 0-2 start in a tough region. Springfield comes into the game 2-2 but 1-0 with a win over Maplewood inside the region.
The Blue Devils have won 33-of-36 meetings with Greenbrier wins in 2005, 2010 and 2015. All three times, it’s been on the field at GHS.
The all-time series is now 47-25 in favor of White House.