Blue Devils win with OT touchdown

Alex Lyon (15) leaves this Greenbrier defender eating grass. (Tribune photo/Tommy Rouse)

In a game between bitter rivals that will undoubtedly be talked about for years to come, the White House Blue Devils defeated the Greenbrier Bobcats 9-6 in overtime on Friday night at Dewey H. Whitson Stadium in White House.

“Tonight was a great, hard fought game that could have gone either way,” White House head coach Jeff Porter said about the game. “Our defense hung in there and fought and made a play at the end.”

The game started in almost perfect fashion for the Blue Devils with a Bobcat fumble on the opening kickoff unexpectedly giving the Blue Devils the ball on the Greenbrier 36-yard-line. Behind sophomore running back Trey Hyde, White House quickly moved inside the Greenbrier 10-yard-line.

Unable to move forward, the Blue Devils settled for a 27-yard field goal attempt that sailed through the uprights giving White House an early 3-0 lead.

Looking to respond, Greenbrier used a 32-pass-and-catch from Nick Young to JR Brown to move into scoring position. The Blue Devils stopped the Bobcats on a third-and-13 forcing the Bobcats to settle for a 27-yard field goal of their own.

The kick was up and good, allowing Greenbrier to tie the game at three in a fast-moving first quarter.

White House, wanting to match the Bobcats with another score, quickly gained two first downs before the clock ran to zero in the first quarter with the score knotted at three.

Once the second quarter started, the Bobcat defense came alive and forced a White House punt to the Greenbrier 17-yard-line. The Bobcats moved the ball forward but were forced to punt after a third down pass was dropped by tight end Jordan Perdue.

Neither team was able to move the ball offensively in the final two drives of the first half with time running out on the opening half as White House faced a fourth-and-three.

White House and Greenbrier went back to the locker rooms deadlocked at three.

With the Blue Devils hoping for a time-consuming drive to start the second half, tragedy struck the White House offense as sophomore Brandon Parrish fumbled the ball giving Greenbrier great field position on the White House 29-yard-line.

On the very next play, Bobcat quarterback Nick Young scrambled to the right where he was met by several Blue Devil defenders who stripped Young of the ball, giving possession back to White House on their own 24-yard-line.

After watching a 59-yard touchdown pass get called back due to a White House penalty, White House quarterback Ryan Pool’s throw was intercepted by the Bobcats giving Greenbrier possession inside the White House 30-yard-line for the second time in the second half.

The Blue Devil defense responded yet again to the challenge holding Greenbrier to a fourth-and-eight on the White House 28-yard-line. Young was unable to find an open receiver and White House was back on offense with 5:39 left in the third quarter.

White House was unable to move the ball going three-and-out and giving Greenbrier great field position yet again. The Bobcats marched down field behind a series of runs from Brown and senior James Pentecost.

Greenbrier faced a third-and-goal from the White House five-yard-line as time expired in the third quarter with both teams knotted at three.

With a chance to take their first lead of the game, the Bobcats missed a 28-yard field goal attempt wide right leaving the score tied at three.

Yet again, the Blue Devil offense failed to respond giving Greenbrier excellent field position for the fourth time in the second half. Greenbrier started on their own 46-yard-line but were quickly in White House territory after a 19-yard-run from Pentecost.

The White House defense forced a fourth down play, this time fourth-and-two, for the Bobcats. Fullback Paul Gosner was stopped inches short by the Blue Devil defense with only 7:23 left in the game.

Finally rising to the occasion, the White House offense moved the ball for the first time in the second half behind the hard running of senior Bailey Burns that included a fourth-and-three conversion from White House’s own 33-yard-line.

The Blue Devils methodically drove down field versus a tiring Bobcat defense before facing a first-and-ten from the Greenbrier 20-yard-line with under a minute left in the game.

Looking to get slightly closer for a game-winning field goal attempt, Burns fumbled the ball and sending the rivalry game to overtime.

“We had a chance to end the game with a late field goal but we turned the ball over with less than a minute left in the game,” Porter said about the late lost chance to win in regulation. “Our kids were able to put that behind them and take care of business.”

The Blue Devils won the overtime coin toss and chose defense first in the opening overtime session. After gaining five yards on first down, the Bobcats were stymied by the resurgent Blue Devil defense and had to settle for a field goal attempt.

This kick attempt was good and the Bobcats led 6-3 with White House getting a turn on offense.

With White House 10 yards from a win, the Blue Devils caught the Bobcats off guard and ran a quarterback sneak to the five-yard-line on first down. After getting stuffed on second down for only one yard and needing four more yards for the win, the Blue Devils went again to Burns who found the end zone for the game winning score giving White House a 9-6 win and setting off a jubilant celebration from the home crowd.

White House moves to 2-0 on the season with a trip to Lipscomb Academy on Sept. 13 while Greenbrier falls to 1-2.

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