By Matt Murray for The News Examiner
WHITE HOUSE – The White House High football team used big plays and a stingy defense to roll to a 35-0 victory over visiting Harpeth on Friday evening at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
Despite rainy conditions, the Blue Devils found success running the ball and shutting down the Indian offense.
“The biggest thing is we just needed a win,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said. “Harpeth and ourselves came in not being successful the past two weeks, so it was just good to get a win.”
Porter praised his team’s effort and was especially complimentary about the play of his defense.
“I thought our defense really played good,” Porter said. “I thought they did a good job of keeping it a short field for our offense.”
The Blue Devil defense limited the Indians to 164 total yards, including 55 yards on the ground, and five first downs.
For Harpeth head coach Doug Loope, the wet field conditions weren’t an excuse for his team’s struggles tonight.
“It was the same for both teams,” Loope said. “I don’t think weather was a factor.”
Loope did, however, acknowledge that White House was the more physical team.
“We were outmanned physically,” Loope said. “We started losing kids during the ball game, and it just went from bad to worse.”
The Blue Devils offense marched 79 yards on their first scoring drive, with big plays from senior receiver Caleb Huffines and sophomore running back Ronald Honeycutt. Junior Trey Hyde capped it with an 11-yard touchdown run.
After a key conversion on a third-and-9 play on the next drive, Honeycutt found the end zone from 1 yard out.
Honeycutt also added a successful two-point conversion run after a Harpeth penalty, giving the Blue Devils a 15-0 lead in the second quarter.
“I think we just played as a team very well,” Honeycutt said. “My linemen are amazing. We are just all one unit.”
White House (5-2 overall, 3-1 in District 9-AA) increased its lead to 22-0 when junior quarterback Steven Rankin found Hyde on a screen pass that resulted in a 30-yard touchdown shortly before halftime.
Hyde found the end zone for a third time, on a 9-yard run, giving the Blue Devils a 28-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
White House went up 35-0 on another big pass play, with Rankin finding junior tight end Logan Trimmer in the middle of the field for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
It looked like Harpeth (3-4, 1-2) might get on the scoreboard late as quarterback Jett Brinkley found Drake Fullum for a 73-yard gain down to the Blue Devil 5 yard line. However, they were unable to capitalize as White House had a goalline stand.
Fullum led the team in rushing, gaining 34 yards on five carries.
Brinkley completed 8 of 23 pass attempts, resulting in 109 yards.
It was the third consecutive loss for the Indians, who have been outscored 59-3 over their last two contests.
The Blue Devils host another 9-AA foe on Friday, entertaining Westmoreland.
“They’re (Westmoreland) a very good team,” Porter said. “They are very well-coached and very fundamentally-sound.”
W – Trey Hyde 11 run. Dillon Anderson kick. W – Ronald Honeycutt 1 run. Honeycutt run. W – Hyde 30 pass from Steven Rankin. Anderson kick. W – Hyde 9 run. PAT no good. W – Logan Trimmer 40 pass from Rankin. Anderson kick.
Harpeth – Drake Fullum 5-34, Nick Evatt 1-19, James Meeks 2-8, Bradley Baker 4-7, Walker Weatherly 1-1, Jason Callies 1-0, Connor Barber 1-(-2), Jett Brinkley 3-(-12).
White House – Ronald Honeycutt 21-146, Trey Hyde 11-39, Troy Raymond 3-26, Caleb Huffines 1-7, Steven Rankin 4-3.
Harpeth – Jett Brinkley 8-23-0 109, Walker Weatherly 0-1-0 0.
White House – Steven Rankin 9-13-0 175.
Harpeth – Drake Fullum 2-70, Bradley Baker 3-21, James Meeks 1-10, Nick Evatt 1-6, Adam Newton 1-2.
White House –Luke Hopkins 3-54, Logan Trimmer 3-54, Caleb Huffines 1-35, Trey Hyde 1-30, Chris Baldwin 1-2.