News Examiner: White House at Maplewood preview

maplewood-tnBy Staff Reports for The News Examiner

White House (4-5 overall, 1-3 in Region 5-4A) at Maplewood (2-7, 1-3)

Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Black Cat Stadium

Last week: The Blue Devils suffered a 31-14 loss to visiting Page. The Panthers dropped a 34-33 decision to visiting Marshall County in triple overtime.

Last meeting between the two programs: White House captured a 23-22 victory over visiting Maplewood in the first round of Class 4A playoffs in 2012.

The Blue Devils faced Maplewood in the playoffs in both 2011 and 2012. However, the loser of Friday’s rematch will not be in the Class 4A playoffs this season, while the winner will advance to the postseason.

White House has made 23 consecutive playoffs appearances and has advanced to the quarterfinal round in each of the last five seasons.

However, the injury-plagued Blue Devils have struggled the last two weeks against Pearl-Cohn and Page, two teams with a combined record of 12-6. White House has been limited to a total of 263 total yards over the last two weeks while allowing 856 total yards.

The Blue Devils won back-to-back games prior to the last two weeks.

The Panthers have just two wins, but their 28-14 victory at Portland two weeks ago gave them an opportunity to reach the playoffs.

Maplewood played region-leading Pearl-Cohn to a 28-14 contest three weeks ago, followed by the win over Portland and then a 34-33, triple-overtime loss to fourth-ranked Marshall County last Friday (a game decided by a failed two-point conversion run on the final play).

Panther junior tailback Jeremy McDowell – who returned from an extended injury in the win over Portland – rushed for 108 yards on 31 carries last Friday.

Freshman quarterback Bobo Hodges – a former Knox Doss Middle and Hunter Middle School standout – completed 8 of 16 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown, a 5-yarder to junior wide receiver Bo Hodges. Bo Hodges – who played for two seasons at Station Camp High – caught six passes for 108 yards.

Bobo Hodges also ran for two touchdowns.

Maplewood stayed in the game despite allowing 467 yards of total offense, including 304 passing yards.

The winner of Friday’s contest will play at either Lipscomb Academy or at Kenwood in next Friday’s opening round of the playoffs.

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