By Karl Hawes for The Gallatin News Examiner
WHITE HOUSE – The White House High School football team suffered a 31-14 loss to visiting Page on Friday night at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
The Patriots pulled away from the Blue Devils in the second half.
After leading 10-7 at halftime, the Patriots mounted a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive to start the third quarter.
“We weren’t able to get a stop on that first drive, and they were able to get some momentum,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “After that drive, it just seemed like we couldn’t get our defense off the field.”
White House (4-5) fell behind 7-0 midway through the first quarter but was able to answer the Patriots’ score with one of their own as they put together a 20-play drive.
The Blue Devils converted on four consecutive fourth-and-one plays during the drive, with the last being a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Steven Rankin.
“I thought we competed well in the first half and were in the game at halftime,” Porter said. “I’m disappointed that we lost our heads a little. That’s not characteristic of who we are as a team.”
Page (7-2) was able to score on its first four possessions of the second half while shutting out the Blue Devils to extend the lead to 34-7.
The Blue Devils were able to add another score late as both teams substituted.
White House capped off a 13-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Andrew Nixon.
White House play at Maplewood on Friday, looking to earn a trip to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season.
“It’s up to our kids and coaches to prepare for next week,” Porter said. “It really just comes down to how bad do we want to get there.”
P – Rafe Irishman 18 pass from Michael Magochy. Brent Cimaglia kick. WH- Rankin 1 run. Trimmer kick. P – Cimaglia 45 kick. P – Noah Green 16 run. Camilla kick. P – Dillon Myers 1 run. Camilla kick. P – Michael Roberts 14 run. Camilla kick.
WH – Andrew Nixon 1 run. Austin Rutherford kick.
Page – Michael Roberts 12-97, Noah Green 4-35, Dillon Myers 5-27, Jacob Van Iandingham 1-8, Jackson Satterfield 1-(-2), Houston Tywater 1-(-3), Michael Magochy – 5-(-14).
White House – Preston Long 25-88, Keyvon Dickerson 4-33, Steven Rankin 7-17, Will Frazier 4-14, Austin Grissom 2-7, Denis Schaffer 1-3, Landon Deming 4-1, Andrew Nixon 1-1.
Page – Magochy 14-20-190-0.
White House – Rankin 3-11-45-0, Andrew Nixon 0-1-0-0.
Page – Connor Morss 2-59, Andrew Metkler 4-54, Roberts 4-36, Rafe Erisman 1-18, Will Pierce 1-13, Trevor Johnson 1-9, Myers 1-1.
White House – Luke Hopkins 1-35, Brian Mullins 1-6, Austin Grissom 1-4.