Whitehouse in the plans for John Tyler

Published on Tuesday, 6 November 2012 23:47 - Written by Harold Wilson






Next up: John Tyler, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Head coach: Randy McFarlin

Record: 9-0 (4-0 in 16-4A)

Season results: Hallsville, W 35-18; Chapel Hill, W 38-14; Sulphur Springs, W 38-33; Marshall, W 60-14; Carthage, W 29-27; Lindale, W 56-24; Jacksonville, W 42-35; Nacogdoches, W 52-21; Corsicana, W 54-28.

Records since 2007: 10-2, 7-4, 3-8, 9-3, 5-6.

All-time playoff appearances: 10.

Players to watch: WR Dylan Cantrell (49-1,003, 11 TDs), QB Patrick Mahomes (165 for 284, 58%, 2,626 yards, 33 TDs, 7 INTs), DB Justin Dunning (42 tackles, 5 INTs).

Offensive outlook: The Wildcats are averaging 44.9 points and 454 yards (120 rushing, 334 passing) per game. Whitehouse passes the ball 58 percent of the time. The Wildcats have hit the 30 points or more in all but one game, a 29-27 win over 3A Carthage. Against Corsicana last week, Whitehouse churned out 441 yards of offense, including seven passing TDs, six from Mahomes.

Defensive outlook: The Wildcats allowed 432 total yards against Corsicana, including a staggering 373 rushing. Whitehouse is giving up 23.8 points per game (27.0 in district).

Team strengths: Passing game, with four receivers over the 400-yard mark. Sixteen different players have receptions for Whitehouse through nine games.

Noteworthy: Whitehouse can reach the 10-win plateau for the third time in school history with a win over John Tyler on Friday. By comparison, JT has three straight 10-win seasons under its belt and 13 total in school history.

Quoteworthy: “(What jumps out is) their offense and their persistency throwing the ball. They’re a passing team and they let you know that from the jump: this is what we’re going to do, you just need to stop it. …But I don’t think they’ve faced a secondary like the secondary we have this year. Their skill players on offense versus our defensive backs, it’s going to be a good match come Friday.”