Chris Brooks/For the Times Macon County High sophomore Logan Whittemore runs through a hole during a first-quarter carry. Whittemore rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the Tigers’ 29-7 victory.

Chris Brooks/For the Times

Macon County High sophomore Logan Whittemore runs through a hole during a first-quarter carry. Whittemore rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the Tigers’ 29-7 victory.

WHITE HOUSE -- The bye week came at a good time for the Macon County High football team.

Two weeks after a resounding loss at home to Westmoreland, the Tigers rolled to a 29-7 victory at White House Heritage to give head coach Kyle Shoulders his first win for his alma mater.

Macon County (1-2) never trailed in the contest, forcing four turnovers and outgaining the Patriots (0-4) by a 257-77 margin in total yardage.

White House Heritage's losing streak extended to 17 games.

Sophomore Logan Whittemore provided the bulk of the offensive production, rushing for 157 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. His big game came three weeks after he was carted off the field with a knee injury in the Tigers' season opener at Smith County.

"I went from possibly being the youngest kid with a knee replacement, to just having a loose meniscus, then playing the next week against Westmoreland," Whittemore said.

Shoulders added, "Logan brought a nastiness to our offense that we needed. Our guys up front fed off that a little bit. It contributes back to our defense, especially at linebacker. They were able to fill a void where he didn't have to spend time on defense, and we could run him like a workhorse on offense. If those guys don't step up on defense, then we have to play him at linebacker, and who knows if he can go all night."

Whittemore scored the game's first touchdown on a 7-yard run to end the Tigers' opening drive. His longest run -- a 52-yard romp late in the opening period -- set up an 8-yard touchdown run from sophomore Ethan Jenkins as the first quarter ended.

"We're getting better as a group," Whittemore said. "But, heaven forbid that Noah (Likens) got hurt (against Westmoreland). I didn't like that, but when they said, 'Logan, come play running back,' I knew it was going to be an adventure. That's big shoes to fill.

"But once I got running the ball, it was like back in the pee-wee days. I love it, but I wouldn't have been able to do it without our line. The line was big tonight."

Jenkins had 58 yards on 11 carries, and the Tigers as a team ran for 247 yards on 50 attempts.

Junior quarterback Jon Mark Gammons had the Tigers' other touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter.

Shoulders said the bye week was beneficial after the Tigers' tough start.

"I think it was very valuable for us, because it gave us time to take a step back and focus on ourselves instead of focusing on an upcoming opponent," Shoulders said. "Typically, I would like to have it at mid-season or a little later, but given the circumstances, it was extremely valuable to have it this early."

All four turnovers the Tigers forced were interceptions, with junior Curtis Oliver corralling three of them. Classmate Isaac Belton had the other interception for Macon County.

"That's huge," Shoulders said of Oliver's performance. "He came in and got with us late (in the preseason), so we kind of held the reins on him until he really understood what we were trying to do. The bye week really allowed us time to focus on him and get him in the mix."

Oliver ran the third one back from his own end zone for what would have been a 100-yard touchdown, except an illegal block nullified the return.

"It felt good, because I knew we'd have the win," Oliver said of his third interception. "I'm not really too selfish. I'm glad we got the win, but it's the first time it's ever happened for me."

Sophomore Ryan Underwood kicked two field goals -- from 27 and 32 yards -- and the Tigers were gift-wrapped two points when a White House Heritage snap went out the back of the end zone for a safety on a punt attempt.

The Patriots' lone score came two plays after a Tiger fumble in the first quarter as sophomore Jackson Mapes reaching the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown run.

Region 3-4A play begins for the Tigers on Friday as they host Cumberland County on homecoming.

The Jets will enter the contest 0-4 after a 27-7 loss to visiting Pigeon Forge, and they have been outscored 151-10 over their first four games. Cumberland County has lost 14 consecutive games and 24 of its last 25 dating back to the 2015 season.

The Tigers won last year's meeting between the two teams, a 49-13 victory in Crossville.