By Autumn Allison for The Robertson County Times
It took until the final four minutes of the game for White House football to capture its first lead, but it turned out to be just enough to take home the win.
White House beat area rival Springfield 16-14 Friday night thanks to a field goal in the final minutes of the game.
Here are five keys to the White House win.
Injury ends night
Cameron Casanova, a junior wide receiver/defensive back was carted off the field with an injury to his right leg. Casanova sustained the injury after making a catch on a kick return following Springfield’s second touchdown. He was hit immediately by two Springfield defenders. Casanova left the field to chants from the White House student section. His injury was stabilized before Cassanova was placed in the ambulance but it his unknown the extent of his injury.
Jones on top
Keith Jones notched both of Springfield’s touchdowns in the first half. The first was a 1 yard run after Dayron Johnson sprinted for 63 yards to the one yard line. Jones’ second score was a 97-yard breakaway dash that gave Springfield the 14-7 lead with 10 minutes left in the half. The Yellow Jackets would hold that lead into the half.
1997 state Champs
White House honored its 1997 football team at halftime. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the squad that won the first state championship for any sport in school history. They were also the only team in program history to go undefeated on their way to capturing the Class 3A title.
First and only lead
For the majority of the game, White House spent the game chasing Springfield’s lead with varying results until the fourth quarter when the Blue Devil’s added a touchdown and a field goal.
Failure to capitalize
White House’s narrow victory, however; wouldn’t have been possible without Springfield’s own failures in the final four minutes of the game to utilize two key drives that could have put the team in either field goal range or perhaps a touchdown. Both of Springfield’s final drives ended the same way, one fourth down bad throw, with each being overshot. White House’s defense didn’t make it easy on the ground, practically forcing Springfield to go for an air attack. But the failure to utilize those opportunites is what truly sealed the loss.
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