GAMECENTER: Springfield 24, White House 7
WHITE HOUSE – A young bunch of Blue Devils played hard Friday night but fell short in Region 5-4A play, dropping a 24-7 contest at home to Springfield.
The Yellow Jackets started slowly and built a 10-0 lead on a field goal by Dakota Carlisle at the halftime buzzer, but extended the mark to 17 points in the third quarter before putting the game away.
Springfield leads the region at 3-2, 2-0, while White House has a journey looking up at 2-3, 0-2. With a Macon County win over Maplewood on Friday, the fourth spot in the region may require wins for White House over both teams.
White House is ravaged by injuries and the toll has led to a three-game losing streak after starting the season 2-0.
“Our young kids really played hard tonight,” said White House head coach Jeff Porter. “This was a tremendous challenge for us and this is a great learning opportunity for our kids to overcome adversity. We have to continue to play hard.”
Springfield scored on the opening possession of the game, marching 80 yards on four plays with running back Isiah Bigbee sprinting into the endzone from 12 yards away and Carlisle adding the kick, after the back set up the touchdown with a 35-yard run.
With White House attempting to answer, Logan Trimmer’s field goal was no good. Two big penalties helped White House get the ball into the Springfield red zone before the drive stalled.
Springfield marched into field goal range with 33 seconds left in the first half, aided by timeouts and two long pass plays from Dewayne Buckner to Talarico Cogshell, setting up the 10-0 lead as the horn sounded.
After Buckner extended the lead in the third quarter with a 45-yard run, White House rallied on a 3-yard run by Preston Long to make it 17-7 on Trimmer’s extra point. The scoring drive of 24 yards was set up by a fumble caused by James Whitby, recovered by Danny Stoutt at the Springfield 24.
The Jackets dominated the game in total yardage. Springfield had 440 total yards with 285 on the ground on 49 carries, and Buckner completed 12-of-19 passes for 155 yards.
Cogshell caught seven passes for 108 yards, with Peyton Hix hauling in three catches and Kyler Beerman two.
Quarterback Hunter Brown, the third starter at signal caller for White House this season due to injuries, completed just 1-of-5 passes for minus-three yards and was sacked four times.
Springfield was on the field for 70 plays on offense. Tanner Jordan led the defense with 18 tackles, while Whitby added 15 and Connor Holder and Brian Mullins nine each, with Levi Sisk adding eight.
Denis Schaffer and Sisk assisted on a sack, and Brian McCreery recovered a Springfield fumble knocked loose by Jordan.
White House travels to Sycamore next week.