ASHLAND CITY — Josh Mullins had a big night for the White House Blue Devils Friday, as the junior scored twice and made an impact on both sides of the ball in a 34-14 win at Cheatham County.
Mullins caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Pool at receiver, lined up in the slot and raced 59 yards on a rushing touchdown, and intercepted Cubs quarterback Matt Brown inside the red zone. He is also approaching return yardage records for a career for the Blue Devils. Senior Bailey Burns added to the great night with two rushing touchdowns and an interception of his own.
White House led 21-0 in the first quarter and then 24-7 at halftime. The Blue Devils held a 34-7 lead late in the fourth quarter when an 80-yard touchdown on a fumble return led to the eventual final. It was White House’s first turnover in five games.
The Cubs started the game with a three and out and White House scored in six plays with a 54 yard drive. Mullins caught a 16-yarder from Pool in the left corner of the endzone. Dillon Anderson kicked the first of four PATs for a 7-0 lead.
Bailey Burns intercepted Brown at the 44 and returned the ball to the 20, then the Devils cashed in six plays with Burns scoring from seven yards out for a 14-0 lead.
Another short punt put the ball at the White House 41 and Mullins raced untouched for 59 and a 21-0 edge late in the opening period.
The Cubs put together a solid drive into the White House red zone, but Brown’s pass over the middle was scooped up at the 8-yard-line by Mullins on a diving stop for the turnover, but the Devils could not turn the miscue into points. A short punt by White House, however, and Cheatham County got on the board.
Five plays and 39 yards later, Desmond Sweatt scored on a 14-yard gain for a 21-7 margin. White House added a 25-yard field goal just before the half to complete a 13-yard drive and a 24-7 lead.
The teams exchanged punts, but the White House kick moved the Cubs inside the five, then DeMontrae Watt came inches away from blocking a Cheatham County punt and the ball fell at the 21. Burns scored his second touchdown on the fifth play for the 31-7 advantage. Anderson later added a 29-yard field goal.
During the final scoring drive, Cheatham County’s Dylan Kesler was flagged for throwing a punch and ejected from the game, keeping alive a drive which would have ended in a punt.
With Trey Hyde carrying the football at the Cheatham County 20 late in the game, Bryce Beamer picked up his fumble and raced down the home sideline for the 34-14 final. The official return was 83 yards.
White House (8-1, 6-0) finished the district season unbeaten but plays at home Friday against Pope John Paul II. The Blue Devils are set to be the one or two seed in quad three of the Class 4-A playoffs.
White House had 284 yards of total offense, holding the Cubs (3-6, 2-3) to just 118 including 10 total yards in the second half. White House was 8-of-14 on third down and Cheatham County was only 2-of-8. The Blue Devils for the fourth time this season held the football for over 30 minutes of the game.
Pool was just 3-of-10 passing for 51 yards, and Alex Felts led the team rushing with 20 carries for 53 yards – except for Mullins long carry of 59. Burns had just four carries for 18 but scored twice.
Taylor Wood led the defense with 13 tackles, while Tanner Jordan and Denis Schaffer had seven.