Connection: Blue Devils and Patriots prepare for opener

connection preview picBy Zach Womble for The White House Connection

Both White House football teams played in the Robertson County Jamboree last Friday night in their final tune-ups before they will meet each other Friday night in the season opener.

Last Friday, Heritage took on East Robertson for the second time this pre-season.

This game was different. It felt like a regular season game. Guys were jumping around, playing with energy and more importantly, playing with confidence.

Heritage struck quickly as Thad Baker found an open seem and scored to give the Patriots the one score lead.

After forcing a stop, Heritage’s Austin Gunner came in and found a streaking Branson Kramm on the right sideline for a 50 yard bomb.

Starting quarterback James Coleman looked good for East. Coleman completed the short throws, moved the offense and even found a few big plays from wide receiver Brendan Moore.

Moore had a multitude of catches but none more impressive than he made on the far sideline.

Coleman found Moore for 40 yards but it was the moves Moore made after that catch that had everyone excited.

Moore finally reached the end zone after he beat the corner off the ball and streaked 50 yards for the Indians’ first touchdown of the game.

In the second to last game of the evening, White House took on 3-A opponent Fairview.

Things did not go well for the Blue Devils early as they fell behind 13-3.

“We had a lot of dropped balls and the exchange between the center and quarterback needs work,” stated head coach Jeff Porter. “We didn’t tackle very well either.

“We were able to play a lot of kids, which is always a good thing,” continued Porter.

Logan Trimmer nailed a 32 yard field goal in the first quarter for the first Blue Devil points.

In the second quarter White House found the end zone with three minutes left to pull within a field goal.

After forcing a punt, White House had a chance to tie the game. However, the long-distance field goal was no good and White House lost, 13-10.

“I thought we did a nice job of coming back,” said Porter. “However we put ourselves in a hole that we should not have been in.”

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This Friday night’s game will be the third ever contest between White House and Heritage and the series is tied at one apiece.

White House won the first game in 2013, 26-7, and Heritage earned a measure of revenge last year with a 15-6 win.

The first two games of the series were played at Vanderbilt Stadium, but this year’s contest will be at White House High School with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Heritage is coming off a 10-2 season where they were crowned District 9-AA champions after finishing 6-0 in district play.

White House (8-5, 4-2) finished in third place in District 9-AA.

However, it was the Blue Devils who had a more successful post-season run.

White House made it all the way to the Class 4-A state quarterfinals before falling, 79-36, to Pearl Cohn.

Heritage was knocked out in the second round of the Class 3-A playoffs after a 20-10 loss to Lipscomb Academy.

It’s a whole different ballgame this season as the teams are no longer in the same district.

However, the rivalry will continue this Friday night and it promises to be a good game.

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