By Kris Freeman for White House Football
WHITE HOUSE – The White House Blue Devils have released the 2017 football schedule after the TSSAA realignment and classification was released last week (story continues below schedule…)
The Blue Devils, coming off a tough 0-10 season and trying to break a 13-game losing streak, will have the opportunity to do so against a familiar rival which hasn’t played White House in 31 years. The East Robertson Indians will open the 2017 season at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium, with former White House standout football player Chad Broadrick as head coach in his third season. After coaching at Station Camp and White House, he took over the Indians program in 2015.
East Robertson and White House have played 28 times, with White House winning 23. The last game was 1986 when the Blue Devils won, 48-0. White House has won eight straight against the neighbors from Robertson County, but tied 6-6 in 1971 and lost 32-0 in 1968. The two teams have not played due to classification differences as the Indians play two classifications below White House.
The Blue Devils, who play annually at the Robertson County Jamboree at ERHS, will return the regular season trip to Cross Plains in 2018 to open the season as the schedule will stay the same and flip home and away.
In week two, White House hosts Glencliff. It will be the first meeting with the Colts. White House will have an off week for Labor Day weekend and then return to action in week four, traveling to Hunters Lane, also the first meeting between the schools.
Region 5-4A play opens in week five with the Springfield Yellow Jackets at home. White House is 15-14 against Springfield. The final non-region matchup is week six at Sycamore, where the Blue Devils will attempt to improve on a 13-4 overall record.
That is the start of a three-game road trip which will head back into region play in week seven when the Blue Devils travel to Portland, followed by a week eight visit to White House-Heritage. Both rivalries are tied. White House is 24-24 against Portland and 2-2 against White House-Heritage.
Week nine is a home region game against Creek Wood. The Devils have played them one time in a playoff victory. Week 10 brings Montgomery Central back to White House, with their last meeting a playoff game, but the Devils hold a 9-1 mark against MCHS including a 38-7 victory in the 2010 playoffs and a 64-14 regular season drubbing on the road in 1996, the second-most points ever scored by a White House team.
A traditional matchup returns to its former home to end the season, as White House and Greenbrier for many years were rivals to close the year. The week 11 matchup will be on the road in Robertson County, facing the Bobcats for the 74th time, all consecutive. White House is 47-26, the most wins and the most losses against any opponent.
The teams have played for 71 straight years, plus two playoff games, but the Bobcats have beaten White House two straight times in 2015-16, the first winning streak for Greenbrier since winning six straight from 1976-1981.
If the Blue Devils return to the Class 4-A playoffs for the first time since 2014, White House would face off with Region 6-4A in the first round, with the top two teams of the region hosting and the third and fourth place teams traveling.