Big plays were the story of the Whitehouse Wildcats’ 61-22 victory over Sulphur Springs Friday night – big plays hit by Whitehouse and not by SSHS.
Whitehouse had nine plays of 20 or more yards, including four plays that covered more than 40 yards. Sulphur Springs, by contrast, had just three plays of more than 20 yards and none longer than 32 yards.
Whitehouse also came away with two turnovers (one more than Sulphur Springs) and had a 69-yard kickoff return set up a touchdown.
Sulphur Springs had one TD of more than 20 yards called back on a penalty when senior Willy Ivery had a sizzling, field-reversing, tackle-escaping 25-yard touchdown scamper in the second half. It was one of 14 penalties for 152 yards suffered by the Wildcats.
MAIN TARGET – Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 17-of-36 passes for 380 yards. Almost half of the receptions and more than half the yards went to one receiver, senior Coleman Patterson who caught seven passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. … Whitehouse junior Vincent Dunning was the team’s main running back, gaining just 59 yards but scoring three touchdowns. … SSHS senior running back Willy Ivery, who missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle, carried 21 times for 108 yards and two TDs. Overall, the Wildcats outgained Whitehouse on the ground, 164-140, but Whitehouse had the overwhelming advantage in passing yards, 415-189.
ON THE DEFENSIVE – The Wildcats couldn’t match their performance of a week ago against the high-powered Whitehouse offense, registering just one sack (by senior Dedric Smith). … SSHS did manage one turnover – a fumble recovery by senior Garret Hood forced by senior Barry Stribling) – and it came one play after the offense had turned the ball over on a fumble. The SSHS offense turned the ball over three times. … Sophomore defensive tackle Cain Cody appeared to sack Mahomes in the end zone in the first quarter for a safety, but the officials threw a flag on the play, waved the penalty off, then set the ball back at the original line of scrimmage and replayed the down. No explanation was given. … Cody was the team’s top tackler, along with Smith, Zach Spigner and Larry Pryor. … On Whitehouse’s first touchdown of the fourth quarter, Sulphur Springs had just 10 players on the field when the ball was snapped.
ODDS AND ENDS – On the Wildcats’ first touchdown of the first quarter, a 27-yard run by Ivery, the clearing block was thrown by wide receiver C.J. Stephens. … The Wildcats attempted two fake punts but were unsuccessful on both. … Senior Ryan Watson punted three times for a 43-yard average but was also sacked for a 21-yard loss. Pryor punted twice for a 32-yard average. Both punters had one downed inside the 20. … Senior Alex Burney had a 28-yard punt return and senior Isaiah Lacy had kickoff returns of 35 and 34 yards. Burney and junior Dillon Carpenter tied for the team lead in receptions: each caught seven passes for 68 yards. … In the second half, Whitehouse’s average starting field position was the Sulphur Springs’ 47-yard line. In comparison, Sulphur Springs’ average starting field position was its own 24-yard line.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – Mount Pleasant (3-0) stayed unbeaten and atop the District 14-4A standings with a 77-34 swamping of Terrell Friday night. Texas High (2-0) is also unbeaten after pulling away from crosstown rival Liberty-Eylau 30-8. Hallsville improved its record to 2-1 by defeating Henderson 35-22, while Pine Tree fell to 2-1 after losing to Kilgore 56-7. Marshall (0-2) tries to get in the win column today when they play Bossier Parkway
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