WHITE HOUSE — White House-Heritage has only had two home games so far this season, but the Patriots showed they are at their best when they are at home and routed Whites Creek 47-8 Friday for their fifth straight win.
“I was a little surprised we got off to such a good start tonight,” Heritage coach Pat Brown said. “We seemed to be clicking on both sides of the ball tonight against an explosive Whites Creek team.
“We knew coming in that they liked to use the option, and that’s something we haven’t seen around here for three years, but I thought I guys did a good job and shut it down, except for the one long run that led to their only touchdown.”
Kyle Fuhrer led the way for the Patriots, rushing for 105 yards on 12 carries with a pair of touchdowns, and Austin Gunter was 6-for-9 through the air for 79 yards and another touchdown, and also ran one in from a yard out.
The stingy Heritage defense only allowed 98 rushing yards to the Cobras and limited them to just 73 yards through the air, much of that coming late in the fourth quarter.
Heritage (5-3, 3-1 5-3A) didn’t waste any time getting on the board, taking its first drive 57 yards on 12 plays, capped by J.T. Smith’s 2-yard run.
The Patriots forced a three-and-out on the Cobras’ first series and then went 34 yards on three plays, the final an 11-yard touchdown pass from Gunter to Thadd Baker for 9 yards to make it 14-0.
Fuhrer would score the first of two touchdowns on the next series, mowing over Cobra defenders on his way to an 18-yard run to give Heritage a 20-0 lead.
Chris Rippy, who had two interceptions, ended Whites Creek’s next series, and then 10 plays later, Fuhrer scored his second touchdown from 1 yard out to make it 26-0 at the half.
Rippy got his second interception on the Cobras’ first series of the second half, and Heritage only needed six plays to get back on the board when Blake Wills went in from 9 yards out to make it 33-0.
Wills added his second touchdown just moments later, running it in from 5 yards.
Whites Creek (3-5, 1-3) got its only score on the ensuing drive when Joshua Baxter hit Thomas Woodard from 17 yards out and added the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 40-8.
On the next series Gunter called his own number from less than a yard away to make it 47-8.
“This is the second week in a row that we’ve gotten out butts kicked,” Whites Creek coach Tyrus Ward said. “We’ve gotten hit in the mouth, and I hope it woke us up because we have a very good Stratford team to get ready for next week.
“We’ll work this week to get better, and we will be ready to play next Friday.”