The Greenbrier Bobcats traveled to White House on Friday night to face the Blue Devils. This game was a win-or-go-home situation for both teams.
The Blue Devils were able to come away with the 21-16 win over the Bobcats to advance to the playoffs for the first time in three years.
After forcing a Blue Devil turnover on downs, the Bobcats found themselves on the scoreboard first after a punt return by Gavin Rector to put the Bobcats up 7-0 with 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next drive, Greenbrier was able to get the ball back on the Blue Devils 15-yard line, thanks to a fumble recovery by Jackson Jones, but they could not convert the field possession into points.
The Blue Devils answered to start off the second quarter. On the opening play of the quarter, Ranen Blackburn found the end zone to get his team to within one point after a failed extra point.
The Blue Devils recovered an onside kick around midfield to start off the second half. While they could not score on the ensuing drive, White House scored with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Reece McAfee made a play off of a 42-yard pass to make the score 13-7 and gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the night.
With eight minutes left in the game, Ranen Blackburn was able to find his way across the goal line again to extend the lead to 21-7.
Greenbrier did not go away. With under 5 minutes remaining, the Bobcats forced a safety, and Derek Taylor hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-16.
The Blue Devils recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.
Greenbrier head coach John Elmore was disappointed that his team’s run ended this week but was proud of his players for fighting the entire season.
“I’m proud of them,” Elmore said. “I love them to death. I hate that it ended tonight. I could not ask any more of them. They gave everything they had. It’s a tough loss… I am thankful they worked so hard.”
White House head coach Ryan Hamilton was happy his team was able to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
“They played to get back to the practice field on Monday,” Hamilton said. “They played for each other and got the job done.”
The Blue Devils will travel to Lexington in the first round of the TSSAA 4A state playoffs Friday night.