By Zach Womble for The White House Connection
WHITE HOUSE – It is no secret that 2016 may be a one-in-a-million season for head coach Jeff Porter and the White House Blue Devils. After falling to White House Heritage in week one, White House welcomed in what looked to be an easier opponent in week two.
The Goodpasture Cougars came on a 22-game losing streak.
Even though Porter’s squad is young, many believed White House would do what White House does — win football games.
However, the Blue Devils fell behind 28-0 before eventually losing, 28-13.
Jermaine Mason accounted for three of the Cougars’ four touchdowns and Julius Elders scored the other.
Goodpasture scored seven points in each quarter.
Preston Long scored the Blue Devils’ first touchdown from one-yard out with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter.
Cameron Casanova added the game’s final six points when Andrew Nixon found him in the end zone.
Austin Rutherford knocked in both PAT attempts.
“Am I disappointed in our season so far? Well yeah I’m disappointed,” said Porter. “I’m disappointed for the kids. I see the hurt in their eyes but I’m glad I do. It means they care. Most important thing we have to do is keep working.”
White House and Porter will now shift their attention to one of their bigger rivals, Portland.
“It’s time to show up to work every day,” said Porter. “I have the confidence in our kids to work hard. This season has created some unique challenges. Anybody can ride the boat when the water is smooth.”
White House will look to avenge a 28-17 loss from 2015.
“I hope our kids remember last year,” said Porter. “But last year’s game will not effect this year’s outcome. All that matters is what happens on Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m.”
Porter said it also matters what you do Monday through Thursday.
“I’m a true believer in the old adage that says you don’t win football games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. You win football games – or any contest – in your preparation for your opponent.
“We will surround the troops, protect the troops that much more and keep our eyes forward,” Porter said. “My only concern is our players and to keep our guys believing in themselves.”
Following Friday night’s game, White House’s Alumni will take on Portland in their annual Alumni football game.