By Karl Hawes for The News Examiner
PLEASANT VIEW — The White House High football team ended a three-game losing skid with Friday evening’s 19-6 victory over Sycamore at Ralph Spangler Stadium.
On a night that saw senior quarterback Steven Rankin return after missing the last four games due to an injury, the Blue Devils once again had to battle more injuries.
“Our team showed a lot of heart tonight, and I’m extremely proud of them,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “We had kids step up tonight that probably didn’t think they’d ever get in the game.”
White House (3-3) was able to start fast as junior tailback Preston Long only needed two plays on the opening drive, scoring on a 48-yard touchdown run.
The Blue Devil defense took over from there, causing three consecutive turnovers. A Long fumble recovery was followed by interceptions by senior classmates Brian Mullins and Denis Schaffer.
Despite the three turnovers, the Blue Devils were only able to add a field goal to the scoreboard. Senior placekicker Logan Trimmer connected from 40 yards out.
Senior tailback Josh Flynn was able to give the Blue Devils a 16-0 halftime lead thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:36 remaining in the half.
“We came out flat, and they are way too good of a football team to get away with that,” Sycamore head coach Al Pellegrino said.
The War Eagles were able to close the gap midway through the third quarter as sophomore tailback Darius James scored on a 30-yard touchdown run.
However, the Blue Devils used a 15-play drive to seal the game in the fourth quarter as Trimmer boomed another one through the uprights, a 38-yarder.
That gave White House their first win in four games.
“The last three weeks have been tough on them, and I’m just glad to see their faces with a smile,” Porter said.
In the win, three Blue Devil running backs sustained injuries. Long and Flynn were both knocked out of the game, and Ronald Honeycutt was also injured during the game as the White House relied on sophomore Landon Deming to finish the game in the backfield.
Those injuries occurred just two weeks after the Blue Devils lost starting running back Trey Hyde for the season to a knee injury.
White House resumes region play with a game at Macon County on Friday.
WH – Preston Long 34 run. WH – Logan Trimmer 40 kick. WH – Josh Flynn 4 run. Trimmer kick. S – Darius James 30 run. WH – Trimmer 38 kick.
White House – Preston Long 10-86, Landon Deming 12-51, Ronald Honeycutt 6-20, Josh Flynn 11-19, Austin Grissom 2-12, Steven Rankin 2-6.
Sycamore – Darius James 12-86, Bailey Baker 6-31, Waylon Stotts 4-18, Michael Loosli 2-7, Chase Hamilton 1-0.
White House – Steven Rankin 7-12-118-1.
Sycamore – Waylon Stotts 7-19-66-3.
White House – Logan Trimmer 5-63, Luke Hopkins 1-44, Denis Schaffer 1-11.
Sycamore – Bailey Baker 3-29, Darius James 2-26, Lane Williams 1-10, Christian Larsen 1-1.