The Whitehouse Blue Devils defeated the DeKalb County Tigers 49-35 in Smithville Friday night.
It was senior night, the last home game of the regular season.
With the loss, the Tigers slip to 6-2 on the season and drop to 2-2 in the region.
The Tigers took the opening kick off but the drive stalled at the Whitehouse 34 yard line.
After a Tiger punt, Whitehouse started their first offensive series on the Blue Devil 5 yard line and went 95 yards for a score. They capped the drive on a 42 yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Trox Greenwade to Chad Neal. Matthew Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and Whitehouse led 7-0 with 6:44 left in the first quarter.
The score at the end of the first quarter was 7-0, Whitehouse.
DeKalb County got on the scoreboard with 9:27 left in the second period on a 19 yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Hunter Poteete to Abram Edwards. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. to tie the game at 7-7. The Tigers began the drive at their own 32 yard line and moved 68 yards for the score.
The Blue Devils broke the tie with 3:29 left in the second period on a 39 yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Greenwade to DeMarrius Payne. Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and Whitehouse led 14-7.
The Tigers mounted another scoring drive to tie the game again with 1:29 left in the second period as quarterback Poteete threw a strike to Travon Johnson that covered 16 yards for a touchdown. Taylor converted on the P.A.T. to make the score 14-14.
After the ensuing kick off, Whitehouse started the next drive on their own 38 yard line, but on the first play, Hunter Poteete picked off a Greenwade pass and returned it 40 yards to the endzone for a Tiger touchdown. Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and DeKalb County took their first lead of the game at 21-14.
But the lead was short lived as Whitehouse got the ball back and moved quickly down field to tie the game again, on a 21 yard touchdown pass play from Greenwade to Matt Parker. Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and with 19 seconds left in the second quarter, Whitehouse and DeKalb County were tied at 21-21.
The halftime score was 21-21.
The Blue Devils took the kick to start the third period and marched 53 yards in four plays to grab the lead. DeMarrius Payne capped the drive on an 11 yard touchdown run. Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and Whitehouse led 28-21 with 10:12 left in the third period.
The Tigers answered on their first offensive series of the third period. Facing a fourth down and six from the Whitehouse 16 yard line, quarterback Poteete found Hunter Stewart on a 10 yard pass play for a first and goal from the Whitehouse 6 yard line. On the next play Poteete scored on a 6 yard quarterback keeper. Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and the game was tied at 28-28 with 7:23 left in the third period.
Just over a minute later in the game, Whitehouse took the lead again as quarterback Greenwade hooked up with Matt Parker on a 60 yard pass play for the touchdown. Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and the Blue Devils led 35-28 with 6:17 left in the third period.
The score at the end of the third quarter was Whitehouse 35, DeKalb County 28.
Whitehouse stretched their lead early in the fourth quarter as DeMarrius Payne raced 55 yards for a touchdown with 10:56 left in the game. Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and the Blue Devils led 42 to 28.
The Blue Devils took a three touchdown lead with 3:04 left in the game on a 60 yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Greenwade to Matt Parker. Gossett converted on the P.A.T. and Whitehouse led 49 to 28.
DeKalb County scored their last touchdown of the game with 31 seconds left as quarterback Poteete threw a 7 yard touchdown pass to J.J. Herriott. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and Whitehouse led 49 to 35.
The final score, Whitehouse 49, DeKalb County 35.
Despite the setback, the Tigers are still hoping to land a play-off spot at the end of the regular season.
Greenbrier notched it's first region win of the season Friday night with a 32 to 6 victory over Pearl Cohn and Sycamore defeated Macon County 41 to 13. Station Camp had the night off.
The current standings in Region 4-3A are as follows:
Whitehouse: 7-1 overall (4-0 in region play)
Station Camp: 6-2 (4-0)
Sycamore: 5-3 (3-2)
DeKalb County: 6-2 (2-2)
Greenbrier: 4-4 (1-3)
Macon County: 1-7 (1-3)
Pearl Cohn: 1-8 (0-5)
Four teams from the region will earn a spot in the state playoffs in three weeks.
The Tigers will travel to Sycamore next Friday night and conclude the regular season at Macon County on Thursday night, October 30th.