By Craig Harris for The Tennessean
WHITE HOUSE – Westmoreland took advantage of a high snap on a White House punt that resulted in a safety, and it propelled the Eagles to a 14-7 victory Friday at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium.
It was Westmoreland’s first win over White House in 23 years, snapping a six-game losing streak against the Blue Devils.
“The last time we beat them was 1991,” Westmoreland junior linebacker Brandon Green said. “Every year I hear people talk about it. It feels good.”
Green and the Westmoreland defense limited White House to 90 yards, but the safety with 9:50 remaining was the difference.
“They’re good on defense,” White House coach Jeff Porter said. “They’re a really good football team. It’s disappointing we weren’t able to get something going (offensively).”
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White House snapped the ball over the head of junior punter Logan Trimmer, who fell on it in the end zone. The safety gave Westmoreland an 8-7 lead.
Then, with Westmoreland (6-2, 3-1 District 9-AA) running down the clock, White House (5-3, 3-2) allowed fullback Dylan Todd to break free and run for a 39-yard touchdown with 1:15 remaining in order to get the ball back.
White House junior Denis Schaffer intercepted the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to keep the team’s hopes alive. White House’s final possession ended with a turnover on downs, however.
Todd had a career-high 199 yards on 28 carries, and Westmoreland finished with 359 rushing yards while not completing a pass.
White House finished with negative yards rushing — in part because of the loss of yardage on the fourth-quarter punt attempt and in part because of quarterback sacks — and picked up just six first downs.
Todd had a 2-yard touchdown run to cap a 10-play, 63-yard scoring drive with 3:36 remaining in the first half.
White House answered when junior quarterback Steven Rankin tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Caleb Huffines with 34 seconds remaining in the half.