Doug Barthelemess, Sports Correspondent
HALLSVILLE - Clayton Cookâ€™s 18-yard run late in the second quarter put Whitehouse on top to stay, and the visiting Wildcats put things away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to a 27-10 win over Hallsville in the season opener for both teams on Friday at Bobcat Stadium.
The loss spoiled the Hallsville coaching debut of Joe Drennon, who led Mineola to a state title a year ago.
Hallsville took the lead with 3:30 to play on a 40-yard field goal by Seth Morgan, but a 65-yard kickoff return by Javier Neal set up Cookâ€™s touchdown run and Whitehouse never trailed again.
Hallsville caught a break to open the second half, recovering the opening kickoff at the Whitehouse 14-yard line, but Neal intercepted a pass for the Wildcats and returned it to the Hallsville 40 to set up a score by the visitors.
Jacob Clemons tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Cantrell with 6:00 showing on the clock, and the Wildcats led 13-3 after the PAT was blocked.
Cookâ€™s 6-yard run 52 seconds into the final quarter put Whitehouse in front 20-3, and the Wildcats put things away with a 13-yard TD run by Javier Myles with 7:27 to play.
Hallsville capped the scoring with 1:02 to play when Jamal Davis scored on a 16-yard run to cap a six-play, 84-yard drive. Morganâ€™s PAT made the final 27-10.
Whitehouse has now won seven in a row against Hallsville.
Hallsville will visit Wylie East next week. Whitehouse takes on Chapel Hill.