Breaking Down the 2017 WH Schedule: Capsules and Preview

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Seth Bumbalough vs. White House Heritage in 2016

By Kris Freeman

White House Football

(WHITE HOUSE) –  An electric atmosphere will welcome the 2017 regular season for the White House Blue Devils, when two communities just minutes apart renew a rivalry for the first time in three decades.

East Robertson, coached by former Blue Devils standout player and coach Chad Broadrick, will kickoff the season at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium in White House on August 18, at 7:30 p.m. The two schools have played 31 times, but it’s also been 31 years since the last meeting.

The 2017 opponents for White House were 32-71 overall with only Springfield holding a winning record at 7-6 and making the playoffs before losing in the Class 4-A quarterfinals to Pearl-Cohn. Both Sycamore and Greenbrier were 5-5 in 2016.

White House was 0-10 and has lost 13 straight regular season games, with the last win coming against Macon County in 2015.

White House has played 213 total games against the 2017 schedule, with an overall record of 134-76-3. White House does not have a losing record against any of the 10 opponents on the schedule, but has an even series record against White House Heritage and Portland, and has never played Hunters Lane and Glencliff.

A full breakdown by team of the 2017 White House schedule:

Week 1 – East Robertson at White House – August 18, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House City Park

Hometown: Cross Plains

County: Robertson

Nickname: Indians

Colors: Maroon and Gray

Region: 4-2A

2016 Record: 2-8 (1-6)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 23-5-3 (White House)

Series First Meeting: 1949 (White House 40-6)

Series Last Meeting: 1986 (White House 48-0)

Series Win Streak: 8 (White House)

erhs jamboreeFun fact: East Robertson is the third closest high school to WHHS following White House Heritage and Beech. The head coach of the Indians is Chad Broadrick, a senior on the 2004 Class 4-A semifinal team at White House which went undefeated in the regular season. Broadrick was a All-Region wide receiver and defensive back and also served as the former defensive coordinator of the Blue Devils before taking the job at East Robertson three years ago.

Week 2 – Glencliff at White House, August 25, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House City Park

Hometown: Nashville

County: Davidson

Nickname: Colts

Colors: Red and Carolina Blue

Region: 6-5A

2016 Record: 0-10 (0-7)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 0-0

Series First Meeting: Never met

Series Last Meeting: Never met

Series Win Streak: 0

Fun fact: This is the first meeting between the Colts and the Blue Devils. Glencliff plays in one of Middle Tennessee’s largest and toughest regions, featuring Sumner County foes Gallatin and Beech, along with perennial power Hillsboro, and Davidson County neighbors Hunters Lane and Hillwood.

Week 3 – Bye Week (No Game), September 1

Week 4 – White House at Hunters Lane, September 8, 7:00 p.m.

Game location: Hunters Lane High School, 1150 Hunters Lane, Nashville

Hometown: Nashville

County: Davidson

Nickname: Warriors

Colors: Blue and Orange

Region: 6-5A

2016 Record: 1-9 (1-6)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 0-0

Series First Meeting: Never met

Series Last Meeting: Never met

Series Win Streak: 0

Fun fact: Hunters Lane opened in 1986 as a merger of three high schools, DuPont, Goodlettsville and Madison. The schools colors are a combination of Goodlettsville’s blue (Trojans), DuPont’s white (Bulldogs) and Madison’s orange (Rams). White House last played Madison in 1985 (0-3 overall) and Goodlettsville in 1985 (2-7 overall). It was during the 1985 loss to Madison, a 3-0 defeat, that the phrase “Blue Devil Pride” was uttered in the losing locker room and became the football program’s long-term slogan over the next three decades under head coach Jeff Porter, an assistant on the 1985 team. Matt Nixon, the uncle of Blue Devils quarterback Andrew Nixon, was a quarterback for Hunters Lane and graduated in 1988, and was a teammate of future Vanderbilt star Brad Gaines.

Week 5 – Springfield at White House, September 15, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House City Park

wh springfield 1Hometown: Springfield

County: Robertson

Nickname: Yellow Jackets

Colors: Black and Gold

Region: 5-4A

2016 Record: 7-6 (2-3)

2016 Postseason: Beat Lipscomb Academy and Maplewood, lost to Pearl-Cohn (31-0) in the Class 4-A Quarterfinals

Series Record: 15-14 (White House)

Series First Meeting: 1987 (Springfield 31-6)

Series Last Meeting: 2016 (Springfield 44-7)

Series Win Streak: 3 (Springfield)

Fun fact: White House and Springfield have played 26 of the last 30 years, missing games in 2005-06 and 2011-12. The Yellow Jackets won the first six meetings, but in 1993, White House won a 17-14 thriller in overtime in week six and had to face Springfield in the semifinals of the Class 3-A playoffs and lost to the eventual state champions, 12-6. White House lost again in the 1994 regular season and playoffs to SHS, but then started an eight-game winning streak over Springfield from 1995 until a 10-3 win in the 2001 playoffs.

Week 6 – White House at Sycamore, September 22, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Sycamore High School, 1021 Old Clarksville Pike, Pleasant View

Hometown: Pleasant View

County: Cheatham

sycamore logoNickname: War Eagles

Colors: Navy and Gold

Region: 6-3A

2016 Record: 5-5 (2-4)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 13-4 (White House)

Series First Meeting: 2001 (Sycamore 13-12)

Series Last Meeting: 2016 (Sycamore 16-14)

Series Win Streak: 1 (Sycamore)

Fun fact: Sycamore’s first game against White House was a shocking, 13-12 victory in 2001 but the War Eagles have only beaten the Blue Devils four times in 17 tries. The games in Pleasant View have been marked by rain or cold – almost every single road game at Sycamore – including a 7-6 win in 2009 in an incredible downpour, sending White House to the playoffs the next week. In 2011, the teams played back-to-back weeks, as White House won in week 10 and the first round of the playoffs.

Week 7 – White House at Portland, September 29, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Portland East Middle School, 604 S. Broadway, Portland

Hometown: Portland

County: Sumner

Nickname: Panthers

Colors: Purple and White

Region: 5-4A

2016 Record: 1-9 (1-4)

portland nixon 22016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 24-24 (Even)

Series First Meeting: 1943 (Portland 38-6)

Series Last Meeting: 2016 (Portland 48-27)

Series Win Streak: 2 (Portland)

Fun fact: White House and Portland have played more times than any other team in history for the Blue Devils except Greenbrier (73), and the Panthers were the first officially recorded game in school history in 1943. The Panthers won the first 12 meetings, then White House won 9-of-10 from 1984-1993, and then 11-of-13 from 2002-2014. The arch rivals have played every year since 1976 including three rematches in the playoffs.

Week 8 – White House at White House Heritage, October 6, 7:00 p.m.

Game location: White House Heritage High School, Highway 76, White House

Hometown: White House

County: Robertson

Nickname: Patriots

Colors: Navy and Red

Region: 5-4A

2016 Record: 4-6 (0-6)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 2-2 (Even)

Series First Meeting: 2013 (White House 26-7)

Series Last Meeting: 2016 (White House Heritage 14-7)

Series Win Streak: 1 (White House Heritage)

heritage previewFun fact: This will be the first year White House has ever played at the school campus of White House Heritage, despite playing two games as the away team in the series. White House and White House Heritage split a pair of rivalry contests at Vanderbilt Stadium and White House City Park, with the official home team winning every game.

Week 9 – Creek Wood at White House, October 13, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House City Park

Hometown: Charlotte

County: Dickson

Nickname: Red Hawks

Colors: Red and Navy

Region: 5-4A

2016 Record: 4-6 (1-4)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 1-0 White House

Series First Meeting: 2014 First Round (White House 35-0)

Series Last Meeting: 2014 First Round (White House 35-0)

Series Win Streak: 1 (White House)

Fun fact: This will be the first regular season meeting between the two teams, who played in the first round of the Class 4-A Playoffs.

Week 10 – Montgomery Central at White House, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Game location: Dewey H. Whitson Stadium at White House City Park

Hometown: Cunningham

County: Montgomery

Nickname: Indians

Colors: Red and White

Region: 5-4A

2016 Record: 3-7 (1-4)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 9-1 (White House)

Series First Meeting: 1982 Boyce Smith Bowl (White House 20-14)

Series Last Meeting: 2010 First Round (White House 38-7)

Series Win Streak: 8 (White House)

Fun fact: White House scored the third-most points in school history in 1996 with a 64-14 win at Montgomery Central, scoring only more against Macon County (68) and DeKalb County (65). The Blue Devils have never allowed more than 14 points against the Indians and have four shutouts in 10 meetings.

Week 11 – White House at Greenbrier, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

greenbrier logoGame location: Greenbrier High School, 126 Cuniff Dr., Greenbrier

Hometown: Greenbrier

County: Robertson

Nickname: Bobcats

Colors: Green and White

Region: 5-4A

2016 Record: 5-5 (2-4)

2016 Postseason: None

Series Record: 47-26 (White House)

Series First Meeting: 1947 (White House 18-13)

Series Last Meeting: 2017 (Greenbrier 40-13)

Series Win Streak: 2 (Greenbrier)

Fun fact: White House and Greenbrier ranks as one of the three longest consecutive rivalries in the state of Tennessee with 70 consecutive meetings from 1947-2016 plus an extra game in 1964, and two playoff contests in 2005 and 2007. White House has more wins (47) and more losses (26) against Greenbrier than any other team. White House won 23 straight from 1982-2004, but then lost in the regular season meeting in 2005 and came back two weeks later and knocked Greenbrier out of the playoffs in the second round. White House and Greenbrier also played the longest game in school history, a five-overtime thriller in 1994 when White House won, 48-42.

For media inquiries, contact Kris Freeman at White House Football.

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