Westmoreland — Finally getting the chance to experience District 9-AA football action for the first time this season, the White House Heritage Patriots were dominated by the Westmoreland Eagles 21-0 Friday night in Westmoreland.
Heritage head coach Pat Brown had nothing but respect for the Sumner County district foe in the tough loss.
The Patriots came out looking to continue the solid offensive output that led them to a two-game winning streak heading into this game. Westmoreland had different plans and forced a Heritage punt early in the game.
The Eagles decided to rush the punt and overwhelmed the Patriot blockers, easily blocking the Hunter Reyes punt and recovering the ball on the Heritage 21-yard line just minutes into the game.
Five plays later, Westmoreland faced a fourth-and-goal with quarterback Justice Graves finding receiver Michael Evans for a 5-yard touchdown catch. The extra point gave the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.
With the Patriots again unable to get anything accomplished offensively, the Eagles took over and used a plodding attack to move the ball into Patriot territory. Heritage seemed to have Westmoreland stopped with the Eagles facing a third-and-goal on the Heritage 16-yard line. But it wasn’t meant to be as a series of penalties were called on consecutive attempts to run the third down play ending with Westmoreland still facing a third-and-goal but this time on the Heritage one-yard-line.
Fullback Patrick French took the ball in from one yard out and extended the Westmoreland lead to 13-0 after a two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. As time ran low in the first half, the Patriots moved into Westmoreland territory for the first time all night but saw their hopes to get a late first half score snuffed out as Reyes was intercepted by the Westmoreland defender. The Eagles ran out the clock and took a 13-0 lead to the half.
After being stopped on their first drive of the second half, Westmoreland was not so easily stopped in their second drive. The Eagle offense moved to the Heritage 21-yard line and faced a third and short conversion attempt.
Faking a handoff to French, Graves took the ball around the left end untouched for a 21-yard touchdown run extending the lead to 21-0 after a successful two-point conversion midway through the third quarter.
The Patriots’ offensive struggles continued with no success until a late fourth quarter drive when Heritage found themselves in Eagle territory for only the second time all night. The Westmoreland defense stiffened up and forced a fourth down play that ended in Reyes’ second intercepted pass of the night securing the 21-0 shutout win for the Eagles.
The Patriots head back out on the field Friday night for a clash with rival Jo Byrns where both teams will be looking to get back into the win column.