GameCenter: White House 37, Lipscomb Academy 35

Trimmer field goal is game winner against Lipscomb

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By Kris Freeman for White House Football

WHITE HOUSE – Logan Trimmer’s 22-yard field goal with 10 seconds left lifted the White House Blue Devils to a 37-35 victory in the home opener at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.

12Trimmer played nearly the entire game at tight end, defensive end, punter and kicker, and got his chance to put the win away after the Blue Devils moved it to the Mustangs’ 4-yard-line on fourth down and one. After a pair of timeouts, he booted his third field goal of the night perfectly through the uprights. Trimmer also connected on the opening drive, and at the buzzer for halftime.

“It’s all about the team,” Trimmer tweeted to his friends and fellow students after the game. The simple words echoed an effort that took all phases for White House to win.

A bizarre twist in the game happened on two occasions. First, it was Lipscomb Academy building a 14-3 lead on a 79-yard touchdown run by William Phillips, and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Sy Taylor. Two fumbles later, White House had scored 31 straight points and took a 34-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

Then, Ronald Honeycutt rushed 35 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns to lead White House to 276 yards on the ground and 436 total in the game. But when the Mustangs cut the margin to 34-21 in the fourth, two crucial fumbles eventually surrendered the lead for the Devils.

The first resulted in a touchdown drive to make it 34-28, and then Honeycutt’s second fumble came with White House at the Lipscomb 28 with three minutes left. Rutger Reitmeyer, a defensive lineman, picked it up and rumbled 68 yards to the endzone and Chad Newby’s extra point made it 35-34.

White House methodically marched from the 20, with junior Steven Rankin leading the offense. A 28-yard strike to Luke Hopkins put it at the 27, then Caleb Huffines caught a 10-yarder to make it first down at the 14. Three runs by Trey Hyde put the ball at the 4, and Trimmer kicked the field goal for the final margin.

“It was hard fought, and we are really proud of the way our kids hung in there,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “It was almost like everyone knew it was going to go to the end, and I am very proud of our kids and how they held their poise and got in position to win the game.

rankin lipscomb“All of our kids really battled. You never know when your number is going to be called and it’s the responsibility of our players to be ready and they were tonight.”

With no timeouts, Lipscomb took the ball at the 20 after a touchback by Trimmer, and Phillips was attempting to cut across the field on a screen pass from Taylor and Denis Schaffer tripped him up in the middle of the field to end the game.

Rankin connected on 13-of-18 passes for 160 yards, with Brian Mullins catching a career high five passes for 45 yards. Hopkins caught two for 58, including a brilliant strike from Rankin at the goal line for 30 yards to set up one of Hyde’s two touchdowns.

Josh Mullins snagged three passes for 33 yards and Trimmer caught two for 14. Huffines reception for a first down was his only catch.

Hyde carried 11 times for 52 yards and Troy Raymond added five for 26. Josh Flynn rushed four times for 31 yards but left the game with a potentially serious injury.

White House ran 75 plays in the game and dominated time of possession, but the Mustangs scored two touchdowns on big plays and Phillips added a 70-yard kick return, plus the defensive fumble recovery.

In the second and third quarter, White House stepped up on defense to get back into the game. James Whitby led the defense with nine tackles, followed by Blaiz Phillips with eight and Hyde seven. But Josh Mullins recovered two fumbles, and Taylor was stopped in the third quarter on a scramble for six yards, needing seven to get the first down.

The Mustangs ran just 41 plays for 308 yards.

White House most impressive drive was a 95-yard march on 11 plays in the third quarter with 2:14 remaining, using 4:13 off the clock and converting seven first downs, including the first five of six plays. Backed up against the goal line, Rankin hit Brian Mullins for 20 yards on the first play, then Honeycutt busted for 10, Raymond for 14, Honeycutt again for 16, and Mullins caught a pass for eight. Hyde finished the march with a 13-play rumble into the endzone.

White House (3-0, 1-0) travels to Sycamore in week four in District 9-AA play and then returns home in week five for a Homecoming contest against Springfield. Lipscomb Academy fell to 2-2.

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