GAMECENTER: Pearl-Cohn 41, White House 3
By Kris Freeman, White House Football
WHITE HOUSE – In a season of ups and downs for the White House Blue Devils, Friday night was the toughest of the lows as Pearl-Cohn rolled to a 41-3 victory on the road.
In the last two games against White House, Pearl-Cohn has scored 17 touchdowns and 120 points, after a 79-36 victory in the Class 4-A quarterfinals.
Both teams are 4-4, but the Region 5-4A slate has been a polar opposite. White House is 1-3 and fighting for a playoff spot. Pearl-Cohn is 4-0 in the region and will play Springfield in week 11 for the region championship.
White House hosts Page next week for Homecoming in non-region play, then travels to Maplewood in week 11. The winner will make the playoffs and the loser will go home.
“We have battled a lot of injuries and this has been a tough year, but we are going to have to play well in week 11 to advance,” said White House head coach Jeff Porter. “Tonight was a tough game but we played well early and they just have a lot of firepower.”
White House held the Firebirds on a goal-line stand on the opening drive of the game, forcing a turnover on downs at the 1-yard-line when quarterback Jimmy Ferrell was stopped. But a short punt put Pearl-Cohn in good field position and the visitors rolled a 7-0 first quarter lead into 34-0 by halftime.
Ferrell, who torched the Blue Devils in the Class 4-A playoffs last season with high-powered receiver Rontavious Groves, did the same on Friday. He completed 15-of-20 for 310 yards and five touchdowns, including strikes of 71, 58 and 31.
Groves caught seven passes for 135 and Jimmyrious Parker three for 95 yards. Darius Hunter also snagged three catches for 61. Ke’Juan Vaughn rushed 15 tmes for 81 yards including the only rushing touchdown of the night.
For White House, moving the ball was a complicated task. Despite having six first downs, the Blue Devils still managed only 10 yards rushing on 30 attempts and completed 5-of-17 passes for 42 yards. The 49 yards of total offense paled in comparison to 523 for the Firebirds.
One bright spot for White House in the fourth quarter came when senior Logan Trimmer nailed a 52-yard field goal to set a school record. Not only did White House avoid the shutout, but the kick beat Bryan Walker’s 51-yarder against Greenbrier in 1992.
Preston Long carried 17 times for 22 yards for White House and Jordan Schaffer played in a reserve role for the defense and picked up his first career interception. Trimmer caught three passes for 26 yards and Luke Hopkins caught two for the Blue Devils.