By Glavine Day for The Robertson County Connection
WHITE HOUSE – For the first time in 687 days, White House football found themselves on the winning side of a football game. The Blue Devils defeated East Robertson 35-0 when head coach Chad Broadrick took a visit to his alma mater. This is the first matchup between the two since 1986, where White house earned a 48-0 win.
What hurt the Indians the most was the amount of turnovers and loss of yards due to penalties, fumbles, sacks and interceptions. In the second quarter alone, the two teams racked up nine penalties, only three of them going towards White House.
“We’ve had two scrimmages and a jamboree and have had maybe one or two penalties,” Broadrick said. “Maybe the moment was too big, I don’t know. We haven’t looked like that all year. We have a long way to go and we’ve got to get better. I’m not going to freak out, they’ve been great all year. Maybe we needed some humble pie and we’ve just got to get to work, and that’s all we can do.”
White House controlled the game from the beginning. Their first touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from Andrew Nixon to Seth Bumbalough for a 7-0 lead. Shortly after, East Robertson had to punt almost in their own end zone, giving Carter Hunt the opportunity to earn a 33-yard punt return to the house for a 14-0 lead.
With just under two minutes to go, Hunt earned his second touchdown with a 15 yard run. But, after a penalty moving White House back for the extra point, the attempt went wide left leaving White House at 20-0. After the touchdown, Hunt left the game due to an injury.
After five penalties in seven plays, Curtis Palmer caught a 20-yard touchdown pass, followed by a successful 2-point conversion by Nixon, giving White House the 28-0 lead.
The Blue Devils then capped off the second half with a Landon Demming 20-yard run touchdown to lead 35-0. Neither teams scored in the second half.
For White House, Nixon threw 3-6 with 95 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Demming led in rushes with 46 yards on five carries and a touchdown. Cameron Casanova earned the biggest reception of the night when he caught a pass for 35 yards.
For East, Tommy Blakemore led with 41 yards on 11 carries. Swift went 3-14 with 16 yards and two interceptions. Ryan Glover led the Indians on receptions with two for 14 yards.
“Our kids were really zoned in yesterday after practice,” Blue Devils coach Jeff Porter said. “I think you can tell a lot by their mental make up. I thought we had a pretty good preparation. Week 1 is unknown, you don’t know what they’re going to do, and we knew the talent their quarterback had.”
White House will host Glencliff next Friday for their Homecoming game, while East Robertson travels to Richland in hopes to wipe the egg of their face from Week 1.
“The biggest thing now is just getting back into the routine,” Porter said. “We’ll let them enjoy tonight, let the injuries come in in the morning, we’ll get to work and get to work on the next opponent.”