By Chris Brooks for The Jackson Sun
WHITE HOUSE — Lexington and White House went toe-to-toe for 47 minutes Friday night.
But White House senior Alex Lyon’s 30-yard touchdown run with 37.5 seconds remaining boosted White House to a 21-14 victory over visiting Lexington in Friday’s Class 4A second-round game at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
Lyon rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries, giving the Blue Devils (10-2) a different look at times, taking shotgun snaps out of the Wildcat formation on a few plays. Lyon also completed 2-of-2 passes for nine yards, caught one pass for 22 yards, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble on defense.
The Blue Devils forced three turnovers, as Tyler Ellis’ interception on a desperation heave from Lexington quarterback Tylan Johnson sealed the win with 1.4 seconds remaining.
“Our kids came out and played hard,” Lexington Head Coach Bryant Hollingsworth said. “They don’t need to hang their heads about anything. We just had some mistakes against a solid ballclub.”
Lexington had tied the game at 14 on Tariqious Tisdale’s 12-yard TD run with 3:19 to play in the third quarter, but in a game where possession was precious, the Blue Devils came out with the biggest drive.
“Both teams were going to pound the ball,” Hollingsworth said. “They’re a good ballclub, we’re a good ballclub, but we just made a few mistakes. Our kids played well.”
Lyon converted a 4th-and-1 from the White House 35 with a four-yard scramble. From there, Lyon and senior tailback Alex Felts (22 carries, 65 yards and a second-quarter TD) guided the Blue Devils to pay dirt.
“Everybody talks about finishing all the time,” White House Head Coach Jeff Porter said. “The big thing was that we hadn’t stopped them all night other than the two turnovers. We forced a punt with six minutes to go in the game, and to be able to move the ball down the field – we were thinking field goal at the end – and we just popped a run. It’s very gratifying and exciting to see our kids get another week.”
White House broke a 7-7 halftime tie on the fifth play of the second half, when senior quarterback Ryan Pool’s play-action pass found junior split end Josh Mullins streaking downfield for a 64-yard TD.
Lamarcus Boales made an impact in the game, stifling Blue Devils rush attempts throughout the game, but suffered cramps on two occasions during the fourth quarter. Still, Lyon said Boales made things happen.
“He’s a monster,” Lyon said of Boales. “They’re a big line back there, but our line did their job. They stepped up big, and I’m very proud of them.”
Felts pulled the Blue Devils even with his score, a five-yard run with 1:49 left in the first half.
Lexington hit the scoreboard first on the opening play of the second quarter when Tanner Kizer went around left end for a 35-yard TD run. Kizer finished with 14 carries for 87 yards.
White House reaches its fourth straight Class 4A quarterfinal with the victory, and the Blue Devils will host Giles County next week.