NASHVILLE — The powerful offense of the Lipscomb Mustangs flexed its muscle Friday night at home, running an undefeated streak to four games with a 31-6 victory over White House.
The Blue Devils were slow out of the gate and never caught up to the Lipscomb Academy attack, despite three turnovers from the hosts. The Mustangs rumbled for 392 total yards and held White House to 159.
“It was a disappointing effort on our part,” said White House head coach Jeff Porter. “They dominated all aspects of the game and we didn’t play with the energy of the first two weeks.”
Tailback DeAndre Tigg rushed 21 times for 186 yards and three touchdowns, putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with a 62-yard sprint down the home sideline. But Tigg was not the only ball carrier with success, as Lipscomb piled up 323 yards on the ground.
Luke Simpson carried seven times for 50, and Cooper Jackson added five for 36 and Will Temple three for 26. The opposite was true in the White House backfield, now four deep in the rotation with minor injuries to start the year. Senior Bailey Burns took the bulk of the carries Friday night with 19 rushes for 73 yards. DeMontrae Watt saw his first varsity action carrying the football and the sophomore rebounded from a 10-yard loss on his first carry to finish with 15 yards on six attempts. The first carry was a backwards pass that had to be picked up.
Ryan Pool completed 5-of-12 for 46 yards including two catches by senior tight end Wesley James, and he rushed for the Blue Devils only touchdown in the third quarter.
“You know, that was a big momentum point in the game, but for us I really felt like we let it get away when we had a turnover at 14-0 and didn’t capitalize on it,” Porter said. “I knew they were very good but I had hoped we could contain them and slow them down and we just didn’t play with very much intensity and have to get back to the practice field and get ready for this Friday.”
Defensively, linebackers Taylor Wood and Jamie Futch both had 17 tackles as the Lipscomb offense ran 65 plays.
Lipscomb methodically marched down the field on the opening possession, going nine plays and 80 yards with Tigg scoring from the nine and Stone Haley making the extra point for a 7-0 lead. That was followed with a very quick three and out from the White House offense and after the punt to the 18, the hosts pushed the ball 11 plays and 82 yards for a second score.
This time it was quarterback Sy Taylor completing to Luke Simpson for nine yards and a 14-0 lead. Taylor connected on 6-of-14 passes for the game with five of them going to Reid Weber for 60 yards.
Sophomore defensive back Josh Mullins picked off Taylor after a White House punt, but the interception couldn’t be cashed in as White House returned the favor. Pool was intercepted by Weber at the goalline after a pass from the 30, and after a big return Lipscomb cashed in.
A 10-play, 46-yard drive was converted into a 29-yard field goal by Haley for the 17-0 lead. White House punted with 24 seconds left in the half and Lipscomb tried to go deep.
Lyon picked off Taylor at the 16 on the final play of the first half and nearly turned it into a miracle interception return for a touchdown. But after shedding traffic and crossing the field at the 50, Lyon collided with his own lineman to end the half trailing 17-0.
The first series of the third was a punt, but White House got the ball back on the first play from Lipscomb when Lane Spivey swiped Tigg and James recovered at the 48. Nine plays later, Pool scored and the extra point was missed for a 17-6 score.
A long drive and a big play put the game away as Tigg scored two more touchdowns for the final.
White House (2-1, 1-0) returns home Friday for Homecoming against Sycamore at 7:30 p.m., attempting to remain unbeaten in District 9-AA.
“I will be hoping that our kids will be ready to play because it’s a district game and we have to be ready to play,” Porter said. “I hope they remember how hard Sycamore played last year and how motivated they were for that game. We have to be prepared that they are going to be very tough this Friday night.”