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Blue Devil, Brett Drake, heads for the end zone against Heritage. PHIL STAUDER
Heritage running back, Tommy Baker fumbles, at the end of a run against White House during action on Thursday.
The “ghost hands” holding onto Blue Devil QB, Andrew Nixon 6, belong to Heritage’s Rigo Martinez. Nixon had to throw the ball out of bounds to avoid the sack.
White House Heritage percussionists entertain at halftime of the Heritage-White House football game.
Heritage Band Director J.R. Baker, leads both White House Bands as they play the National Anthem before the teams play football on Thursday.
Heritage’s Michael McEwing 42, leaves three White House tacklers behind him as he heads up field during game action on Thursday.
Heritage defenders can’t catch White House running back, Will Blackburn as he heads for the end zone during their game on Thursday.
White House DE Tyler McMurtry 58, sacks Heritage QB Austin Gunter during their game on Thursday.
The White House Band performed at halftime of the White House-White House Heritage football game on Thursday.
White House tacklers, Brett Drake (top left) and Josh Dailey 62, try to bring down Heritage running back Tommy Baker during action at Heritage on Thursday.
White House running back, Preston Sharber 11, puts on the brakes as Heritage’s Tommy Baker flies by during first half action on Thursday.

WHITE HOUSE - The most lopsided victory in series history favored the Blue Devils Friday night at JC Escue Sports Complex, as White House High School hung 50 on the Patriots for a 50-7 victory at White House Heritage.

Tommy Baker scored the Patriots only touchdown of the game from 50 yards out when he outran the Blue Devil defense, tying the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. That run went down as the best offensive series for the Pats. The red, white, and blue coughed the football up four times in the first half, resulting in White House touchdowns each time.

"You're not going to win very many football games turning the ball over like we did tonight," Heritage coach Hunter Hicks said after the loss. "We had opportunities. It's just the same thing over and over this year. Young team, inexperienced team and we are not fighting through adversity too well right now."

For the Blue Devils, not much went wrong for Jeff Porter's crew. Of their five second-half possessions played by starters, the Blue Devils finished each drive with touchdown runs or pass completions. Running back Preston Sharber finished the game with two rushing touchdowns and an interception against his former team.

Tied at 7, White House reeled off 29 unanswered points to claim a 36-7 halftime lead. Andrew Nixon and Will Blackburn finished the first half with one rushing touchdown and Sharber had two runs into the end zone. Nixon connected with Brett Drake for the Devils only two-point conversion attempt of the night following Kevin James' 29-yard touchdown haul from Nixon with 25 seconds left in the half.

"I thought we had a good week of preparation," White House coach Jeff Porter stated. "I thought the kids did a really good job of staying in the moment. Playing on a short week presents challenges and we knew we would get their best shot. We prepared to play and I thought our kids did a good job of that tonight."

The Blue Devil offense continued to hit on all cylinders in the second half, scoring on its first drive, which was capped off by a 15-yard Brett Drake touchdown run to put the Devils up 36 points in the third quarter. Landon Denning added the nail in the coffin from three yards out halfway through the fourth quarter, sealing the victory and pushing the Devils to 7-0 overall.

"These kids have stayed the course," Porter said of his team's strong season. "We haven't done anything different this year that we didn't do last year. These kids are game experienced playing a really tough schedule last year. Thankful to be where we are because there is such a long way to go, there are a lot of good football teams in this district."

White House will host Creek Wood Friday night in its second of four-consecutive region games. The Patriots (0-7) will use a well-needed week off on their bye week before preparing to play East Robertson.

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