GAMECENTER: Page 31, White House 14
By Kris Freeman, White House Football
WHITE HOUSE – There were a lot of activities at White House Friday night during the high school football game, but in the end a disappointing proved to be the final result with Page winning the game, 31-14.
It was Homecoming, senior night for fall sports, senior introductions for football players, and the Farm Bureau Insurance Pink Out night for the American Cancer Society.
“They had all the momentum going into halftime and they capitalized on it,” said White House head coach Jeff Porter. “I am proud of the way that our kids fought hard to the end, but we got into a hole in the second half and could not catch up.”
Brent Cimaglia proved to be the charm on the third time, knocking down a 45-yard successful kick, after missing twice on plays that did not count. The Patriots were whistled for illegal procedure on two straight snaps, moving back the attempt 10 yards. Cimaglia nailed the third one.
Michael Magochy connected on 14-of-20 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown, and the Patriots rushed for 148 yards more. Michael Roberts was the leader with 12 carries for 97 yards and a score.
Marching 20 plays, 77 yards, the Blue Devils scored after a 10-minute possession with Steven Rankin plunging in for a quarterback sneak. Rankin’s seventh career touchdown came on senior night and Logan Trimmer tied the game with the extra point.
“One of our goals is a 13-play drive and that was certainly impressive,” Porter said. “We had to convert on 4th-and-1 four times including the touchdown and that’s the kind of football we have established at White House for many years.”
Trimmer, though, missed two field goals in the game and the Blue Devils struggled to get the ball into the red zone until the youngsters from White House capped the margin with a touchdown drive. The senior kicker has had a tremendous season, but also had a punt blocked in the game.
Keyvon Dickerson rushed four times for 33 yards and Will Frazier four times for 17, and Andrew Nixon dove into the endzone from one yard away to make it 31-14. Austin Rutherford added his first extra point of the season.
Rankin was just 3-of-11 passing for 45 yards and Preston Long led the rushing attack with 88 yards on 25 carries.
White House (4-5) plays a do-or-die playoff game in week 11 to close the regular season at Maplewood. The winner of the game is in the playoffs, the loser is out. White House has not missed the playoffs in 24 years.
If White House wins, the Blue Devils would finish fourth, unless Macon County also beats Portland. That game is also a win-or-go-home contest as those four teams are tied for third place.
If White House and Portland win, Portland is third. If White House and Macon County win, White House is third. If Maplewood and Portland win, Maplewood is third. If Macon County and Maplewood win, Macon County is third.
In any scenario, the losers are done for the year. Pearl-Cohn and Springfield are both undefeated in Region 5-4A and will play for first and second place.