Whitehouse was in a close game last week against a Lindale team that had to win to ensure its season continued.
And then starting quarterback Jake Clemons was forced to leave the game because of an injury.
The Wildcats turned to backup Flint Herrington, a junior who had played earlier in the season against Nacogdoches. Herrington led Whitehouse on the game-winning drive in the closing minutes, connecting with Kendrion Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown in a 27-23 win.
“Flint is a backup quarterback waiting for that opportunity, and he balled out and did it,” Whitehouse coach Adam Cook said. “For us, that was a great win going into the playoffs.”
The Wildcats (6-4) will now face A&M Consolidated (8-2) in a Class 5A Division II Region III bi-district playoff game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University’s Elliott T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville.
Cook said Herrington’s play against Lindale puts Whitehouse in a good spot for the game.
“Right now Jake is questionable and kind of a game-time decision,” Cook said. “The good thing is we now have two quarterbacks who can go for us. Flint is ready if Jake can’t go.”
Whitehouse was stopped in the first round of the playoffs last year. Cook said the Wildcats must contend with Consolidated’s balanced attack on offense while also being able to match their defensive line.
“They are very athletic with a lot of weapons on offense and are a ‘bend, but don’t break’ defense,” Cook said. “I am excited about the opportunity on Friday night. We can’t turn the ball over … we need to bring the same passion we had against Lindale to this game. Just believing in ourselves - the way we won last game, we need that again.”
The winner of this game will face the winner of Hutto and Brenham next week in the area round.