Tennessean: Blue Devils start fast to edge Tigers

the-tennesseanBy Karl Hawes for The Tennessean

LAFAYETTE The White House High football team claimed its first region win of the season, a 30-15 victory over Macon County on Friday night at Pat Parker Memorial Field.

The Blue Devils were able to slow down what has been a potent offensive attack while senior quarterback Steven Rankin and classmate Logan Trimmer led the White House charge.

Brian Mullins was able to get the Blue Devil offense on the field after the senior cornerback intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop the Tigers on their opening drive.

For the second week in a row, the White House offense started fast as Rankin only needed three plays to get White House on the scoreboard. He found a Luke Hopkins streaking down the middle of the field undefended for a 79-yard touchdown pass.

After the defense forced a quick punt on the next Macon County possession, Rankin only needed four plays to make it 14-0 as he found Trimmer for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Trimmer was the beneficiary of downfield blocking by wideouts Connor Holder and Seth Bumbalough that led him to the end zone.

While Trimmer collected 84 yards through the air, his placekicking was even more impressive. He finished the game with three made field goals on the night, converting from 29, 41 and 45 yards.

“Trimmer had a great game for us tonight,” Blue Devil head coach Jeff Porter said. “He was able to make some field goals, but for the second week in a row, he was able to create a long field for our opponent.”

Trimmer had five touchbacks on the night as well.

White House (4-3 overall, 1-2 in Region 5-4A) also had a 28-yard touchdown run as Preston Long returned to the lineup after leaving the game last week with an injury to give the Blue Devils a commanding 27-7 lead less than three minutes into the second half.

“Tonight was an incredible effort by our kids,” Porter said. “They were focused in all week during practice, and it showed tonight. We were fortunate to get a win and very thankful to have the opportunity to try and climb back in this region race.”

The Blue Devils do not play on Friday and will return to action on Oct. 16 when they host Pearl-Cohn.

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