Main Street Preps: Blackburn Carries Blue Devils Past Greenbrier

By Tyler Graves for The Robertson County Connection

Coming off a disappointing 14-7 loss to Station Camp to start the season, the White House Blue Devils rebounded with a 20-6 road win over the Greenbrier Bobcats.

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The Blue Devils built a two-touchdown lead in the first half, then leaned on their defense in the second to hold off a comeback attempt from Greenbrier.

“We went to work this week in practice and had a lot of things to correct and get better at,” White House coach Ryan Hamilton said. “We focused on ourselves to get better at the little things. Obviously tonight wasn’t a perfect game, but I’m proud of our kids and happy to see them smile again.”

White House was led by dual-threat quarterback Ranen Blackburn, who scored all three touchdowns for his team. The first came on the Blue Devils’ opening play from scrimmage.

After Greenbrier was held to a three-and-out to start the game, Blackburn found a lane and raced to the endzone for a 35-yard touchdown.

Three possessions later, Blackburn showed what he can do through the air, hooking up with Bryson Harper for a 31-yard touchdown pass giving White House a 14-0 lead midway through the second.

“Ranen’s our guy, and he does a phenomenal job,” Hamilton said. “He comes to work everyday and studies and prepares. He’s a great leader for our guys and is always motivating his teammates to come out here and play.”

Greenbrier’s offense struggled to move the ball for much of the night. Their biggest play of the game came late in the second quarter. Travarius Flood broke free for a 50-yard run down to the two-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Braxton Laney scored on a 1-yard bootleg.

The extra point was no good, but the touchdown made things interesting heading into the half.

Good fortune continued for Greenbrier to start the third, as a fumble on the opening kickoff by White House was recovered by the Bobcats. Greenbrier drove down to the 14-yard line looking to tie the game, but the drive came up short after an incomplete pass on fourth down.

The Blue Devils all but sealed Greenbrier’s fate two possessions later in the fourth quarter. A 10-play drive ended in Blackburn’s third touchdown, this time on a four-yard run.

“We just need to continue to keep fighting,” Greenbrier coach John Elmore said. “Tonight we fought hard all the way through, and never quit or gave up. It’s tough starting 0-2, but we’re just going to come back in tomorrow and get to work.”

Both teams will now move on to face their first region opponents of the season next week. White House begins Region 6-3A play, hosting Cheatham County. Greenbrier faces Glencliff at home in Region 5-4A.

Photos for Main Street Preps by Ken Herndon

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