by: Todd Lamberth (Link to site)
The Blue Devils finished with a losing record for the first time in Jeff Porter’s 29-year run as head coach in 2015. Porter and his team will be focused on getting back on track in 2016.
While White House doesn’t return many starters to either side of the ball, they do return experience. Senior Hunter Brown steps into the quarterback spot after seeing action in two games last season.
The Blue Devils will look to pound the ball from their Pro-I offense. Seniors Preston Long and Ronald Honeycutt will figure to get a large share of the carries. Long was the leading rusher a season ago with nearly 500 yards. Honeycutt rushed for over 900 yards in his sophomore campaign in which he missed three games. He followed that by rushing for 223 yards in another year where he missed time. Honeycutt could have a big season if he can stay healthy.
Three starters return across the offensive line to help in the run game. Seniors Austin Hoffman and Dawson Bumbalough return to their guard spots along with classmate Danny Stout at the tight end spot.
White House may have to rely on the offense to help the defense as they return just two starters on the defensive side of the ball. Stout returns to his defensive end spot after a successful junior season where he picked up 34 tackles with a sack and two fumble recoveries. Senior Conner Holder brings experience to the secondary as he returns at cornerback. Hoffman and Bumbalough figure to get time along the line while Long could see time from a safety spot.
With so many players looking to get their first starting role this season, Porter wants his players to focus on being dependable players.
“I believe the focus for our team should be just being a dependable player that a teammate can count on,” Porter said. “If that happens then hopefully we can improve and become a disciplined football team.”
The Blue Devils return to a district that includes last year’s 4A runner-ups in Pearl Cohn but is otherwise wide open. White House begins their 2016 season against cross-town rival White House-Heritage, who they beat to start last season.