News Examiner: High-powered offense comes to White House

By Craig Harris for The News Examiner

Page (6-2) at White House (4-4)

Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium

Last week: The Patriots captured a 49-27 victory over visiting Giles County. The Blue Devils suffered a 41-3 loss to visiting Pearl-Cohn.

Last meeting between the two programs: White House claimed a 35-25 victory over visiting Page in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs in 2013.

The Patriots are two points away from entering Friday’s game unbeaten, having suffered a 21-20 loss at Lipscomb Academy and a 28-27 setback to visiting Battle Ground Academy in overtime.

Of the team’s six victories, Page has won five of those contests by at least 18 points.

The Patriots are averaging 32.8 points per game.

A week ago, Page senior quarterback Michael Magochy completed 22 of 34 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns.

Magochy has connected on 107 of 181 passes this season for 1,687 yards and 17 touchdowns, with only one interception.

Senior Connor Morss caught seven passes for 108 yards – including a 9-yard touchdown – last Friday, and two of sophomore Will Pierce’s three receptions resulted in touchdowns (of 12 and 10 yards).

Morss leads the team with 34 receptions for 434 yards and five touchdowns.

Senior teammate Michael Roberts rushed for 126 yards on eight carries, including second-half touchdowns of 84 and 20 yards.

Roberts is averaging 6 yards per carry, having compiled 626 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also caught 17 passes for 392 yards and three more scores.

Pierce (12-245-2), senior Trevor Johnson (19-267-3) and junior Andrew Metkler (15-207-2) have all been primary targets for Magochy.

The Blue Devils were outgained in total yardage by a 518-54 margin last Friday, finishing with just 10 rushing yards on 30 carries.

The non-region game doesn’t have any playoff implications for either team. The Patriots will play at Marshall County next Friday to determine the Region 4-4A champion, and White House plays at Maplewood next Friday, with the winner advancing to the playoffs and the loser ending its season.

The Blue Devil program has played Page 13 times, with White House winning 10 of those games.

>> White House is hosting Pink Out Night on Friday, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

The Blue Devil players will be wearing white jerseys with pink numerals, after wearing pink jerseys in last season’s game against Cheatham County. Parents of the players have the option to purchase their child’s jersey. If they choose not to do so, any of the remaining jerseys can be bid on for purchase.

The area coordinating sponsor is Farm Bureau Insurance Agency manager Tal Plumlee.

It’s the second consecutive year that White House is participating in the Pink Out Night program. The Blue Devil program was one of 34 high schools who wore the pink jerseys last season in support of the fight against breast cancer.

Over the first three years of the Pink Out games, more than $1 million has been raised. Almost $300,000 was raised from the 2014 games, which are intended to honor breast cancer survivors and educate people about the disease.

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