By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – White House scored on its first and last play Friday night against Station Camp, but the one that did not count was the difference in a 14-7 win for the visiting Bison at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
A 66-yard potential touchdown pass on the first play of the game from Ranen Blackburn to Bryson Harper was called back on an illegal shift, and White House in turn went 11 series without a score before Reece McAfee scored with four seconds to go on the final offensive play.
The win broke a 24-game regular season losing streak for Station Camp.
Scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter, Station Camp built a lead that White House could not overcome, going 0-for-10 on third down and 2-for-4 on fourth down with three turnovers and six punts.
Station Camp quarterback Parker Brown was 12-of-17 passing for 133 yards, but the Bison run game churned out 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns by Sanders Ellis and Cade Abner. Ellis plunged into the end zone to cap a seven-play, 51-yard drive with 11:25 to go in the first half, then Abner finished off a three-play, 55-yard drive set up by two long passing plays.
Ellis was a beast on defense with nine tackles, two tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.
The Bison intercepted White House quarterback Ranen Blackburn twice on 9-of-23 passing for 130 yards, and one of the picks set up the second touchdown. Blackburn was also limited to 43 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Reece McAfee was the leading rusher and receiver for White House, gaining 50 yards on 12 carries and scoring the only touchdown of the night. McAfee also caught four passes for 53 yards. Bryson Harper hauled in two catches for 23, Austin Beeson snagged one for 31, Paul Hurt one for 16 and Amarion Lucas one for seven.
The Blue Devils rushed for just 111 yards with Keyon Dickerson adding 17 yards on five carries.
White House was led by sophomore Luke Kelton with 13 tackles at linebacker, followed by senior Pierce Scholato with 12. Cade Holliday, Ranen Blackburn and Rhys Blackburn all had nine each. White House got a fumble recovery from Cade Hutcherson after Amarion Lucas stripped the ball on an edge run, and Kelton recovered the other Station Camp turnover.
White House travels to Greenbrier in week two to face the Bobcats (0-1). Greenbrier also lost in week one, a 41-0 trouncing by Springfield. Both teams come into the game searching for their first win.
Station Camp avenged a two-game losing streak to White House and got their first win over the Blue Devils since Sept. 7, 2012 in a 45-10 rout. Station Camp had lost four straight season openers dating back to 2016 when they beat Clarksville.
Isaiah Brooks was the leading rusher for the Bison with 10 carries for 52 yards, followed by Parker Brown with 12 for 43 and Sanders Ellis with six for 38 and a touchdown. Zane Cook added nine carries for 25 yards.
Brown spread the ball around in the passing game with five different receivers making at least two catches and six getting touches overall. Aden Murray caught three for 43 yards and Cook, Ashton Moore, Tony Conde and Conner Kemp all added two catches with Brandon Griffin one.