Whitehouse wins at Hallsville 27-10

Published on Saturday, 2 September 2017 01:16 - Written by

Doug Barthelemess, Sports Correspondent

HALLSVILLE - Clayton Cook’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 Cook’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.

Cook’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. Morgan’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.