By Kris Freeman for White House High School
The third annual Rotary Cup game between White House High School and White House Heritage will be this Friday night, October 9, at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and is the third meeting since the inception of the trophy, sponsored by the Rotary Club of White House. After the game, the winning team will be presented with the trophy, which currently belongs to the Patriots after last year’s 19-12 win on the rain-soaked field at Heritage. White House won the first meeting, 28-21 in 2018.
Overall, this is the eighth meeting between the two schools. White House leads the series, 4-3, winning in 2013, 2015, 2017-18. Heritage won in 2014, 2016 and 2019. The first two games of the series were played at Vanderbilt Stadium and has been in White House since. This is the fourth time in six meetings the game will be played at White House City Park, as the Patriots played as the home team one time at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium before their own field was capable of hosting the game.
White House is 1-1 at Vanderbilt Stadium against Heritage, 1-1 at Heritage, and 2-1 at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
White House averages 22.4 points per game in the rivalry and White House Heritage averages 12.9. The Patriots have won low-scoring games, while the Blue Devils have been victorious when the winning score mounted.
Friday night, the two teams come in battling for a very critical position in Region 5-4A. White House is 2-4 (1-1), having beaten Portland 32-31 in overtime Friday. White House Heritage is 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Region 5-4A, with wins over Greenbrier and Portland, and losses to Springfield and Creek Wood.
Comparing scores, White House defeated Portland 32-31 and Heritage defeated the Panthers 41-27. However, White House lost to Springfield 48-24 while the Patriots fell 57-14.
Last year, the game was played in a torrential first half downpour at White House Heritage, then as the rain slowed in the second half, the teams played in a drizzle to a 19-12 Patriots win on a sloppy field.
This week, the game will be covered by several local media outlets, as 615 Preps and 104.5 the Zone are both featuring as the Game of the Week.
Images below from Main Street Media and The Tennessean are of the previous two year’s meetings.