WHITE HOUSE — Rallying from an early seven-point deficit, the White House Blue Devils put the hammer on Lexington in the final minute of play Friday night, winning 21-14 to advance to their fourth straight Class 4-A quarterfinals.
The Blue Devils drove 75 yards in the final six minutes, with senior Alex Lyon breaking through for a 30-yard touchdown run for the difference maker. Lexington quarterback Tylan Johnson tried to help the Tigers fight back, but he was picked off with two seconds left by Tyler Ellis to end the game.
White House (10-2) advanced to the third round and Lexington (9-3) went home. It was only the second meeting for the two schools, after the Tigers won at home in the playoffs in 2010.
Lyon rushed 13 times for 121 yards but that did not include a 15-yard sack. He also completed two passes, returned to kicks, and caught a brilliant 22-yard strike from Ryan Pool to set up the first touchdown. White House trailed early, 7-0, but then tied the game before the half when Blaiz Phillips forced a Wilbert Jefferson fumble, and Trey Hyde recovered.
White House drove 11 plays and 83 yards. Lyon leaped between two defenders for the catch at the five, then Alex Felts scored on a five-yard run. The Blue Devils took a 14-7 lead in the third when Pool found Josh Mullins for 64 yards, but the Tigers added a methodical march to tie the game. There were only 15 possessions total in the contest.
Knotted at 14 in the fourth, White House missed a 52-yard field goal but flipped field position after the touchback on the miss. Lexington punted, and White House took over with five minutes left.
Lyon scored with 30 seconds left, and Dillon Anderson added his third extra point for the 21-14 victory.
The win set up a third round matchup with Giles County, as the Bobcats with an identical record, knocked of Pearl-Cohn in Nashville.
White House’s Taylor Wood finished the night with 16 tackles and is now just eight tackles short of the career record at WHHS, set by Kevin Jackson at 357.
Lyon also had a great game on defense, picking off a pass and making six tackles. White House led 281-256 in total offense and forced three turnovers.
Pool completed all four passes for 104 yards and Mullins caught three for 73. Felts had 69 yards on the ground and needs just 35 yards to go over the 1,000-mark for the season. Felts eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for his career in the game rushing, making him the 23rd back in White House history to do so.