WHITE HOUSE – Coming into Friday night’s contest between Springfield and White House, all the talk was about both teams’ offenses.
The Blue Devils were averaging 35 points a game, and Springfield was just over 24 points. However, the Yellow Jacket defense stung White House, only allowing 168 total offensive yards and a late score to hand the Blue Devils a 39-8 loss on homecoming at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
“We used their homecoming as motivation for us tonight,” said Springfield senior Timmie Barbee, who scored four touchdowns. “It had been a long time since we had beaten them (2010), so we had something to prove.
“We haven’t been favored many times this season, but we keep playing for each other. Good things keep happening.”
Sophomore tailback Ronald Honeycutt was the Blue Devils’ leading rusher with 38 yards on 14 carries, and junior tight end Logan Trimmer had 47 receiving yards on a pair of catches.
However, Honeycutt had rushed for more than 170 yards in each of the team’s prior two contests.
“We just couldn’t stop them in the first half,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “At one point it looked like we were going to punch it in there in the second quarter and go to halftime just down a score, but they made the stop and drove down and scored again. Then, the flood gates just opened up.”
Springfield scored on its second drive of the game when Evan Lenk hit Kyler Beerman for a 13-yard touchdown, and the visitors added another score just minutes later when Barbee took it in from three yards out to put the Yellow Jackets up 15-0.
White House put together a 10-play, 68-yard drive but stalled at the 2 yard line, failing on a fourth-and-goal play. Springfield took over and drove 98 yards in nine plays, capped off by Barbee’s 11-yard scamper into the end zone to make it 22-0 with 1:32 remaining in the first half.
White House junior quarterback Steven Rankin had his pass intercepted by Joe Denver at the line of scrimmage, and Denver returned it five yards. Then, six plays later, Barbee again punched it in to create a 29-0 margin at halftime.
Barbee made his presence felt on the defensive end on the Blue Devils’ second possession of the second half, gathering a fumble and going 40 yards for the score to put Springfield up 36-0.
That led to a continuously-running clock for the remainder of the contest due to the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s 35-point, mercy rule.
Dakota Carlisle added a 26-yard field goal with 7:35 to play to conclude the scoring, and Yellow Jacket head coach Dustin Wilson put in the second team for the remainder of the game.
White House took advantage and scored its only touchdown of the night when Rankin hit junior Brian Mullins for a 13-yard scoring strike and then found senior Houston Stone for the two-point conversion.
“We had great execution on offense and defense tonight,” Wilson said. “We had a good week of practice and a very motivated pregame that was only matched by the excitement in the locker room before the game, so we thought we’d have a good night. But I don’t think any coach could’ve predicted something like this.
“This was a great win over a very good White House team, but now we have get ready for Henry County.”
The Blue Devils face cross-town rival White House Heritage on Thursday evening at Vanderbilt Stadium.
S – Kyler Beerman 13 pass from Evan Lenk. Dakota Carlisle kick. S – Timmie Barbee 3 run. Barbee run. S – Barbee 11 run. Carlisle kick. S – Barbee 1 run. Carlisle kick. S – Barbee 40 fumble return. Carlisle kick. S – Carlisle 26 field goal. WH – Brian Mullins 13 pass from Steven Rankin. Houston Stone pass from Rankin.
Springfield –Alan Gardner 17-122, Isiah Bigbee 9-39, Timmie Barbee 14-38, Daveion Johnson 5-33, Evan Lenk 4-25, Dewayne Buckner 1-3.
White House – Ronald Honeycutt 14-38, Trey Hyde 2-14, Steven Rankin 4- -13.
Springfield – Evan Lenk 1-1-13, Timmie Bigbee 3-5-55
White House – Steven Rankin 13-20-129-1
Springfield – Kaine Wilson 2-41, Talirico Cogshell 1-14, Kyler Beerman 1-13.
White House – Logan Trimmer 2-47, Caleb Huffines 3-42, Denis Schaffer 2-23, Chris Baldwin 2-22, Brian Mullins 2-18, Troy Raymond 1-12, Houston Stone 1-3.