GARLAND — McCain has finally taken the White House.
In this case, Wylie East quarterback Garrett McCain, receiver Marcell Ateman and running back Jabari Anderson teamed up to help eliminate Whitehouse from the playoff race.
The McCain-Ateman ticket delivered much of the scoring, Anderson provided much of the yardage and the Raiders beat the Wildcats, 63-56, in a heart-stopping Class 4A Division II area playoff Friday.
But on a blistery night at Homer B. Johnson Stadium, Raiders backup running back Kevon Mack provided the game-winning score on a 5-yard run with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter in this back-and-forth showdown that featured 119 points and 1,295 yards of offense.
Wylie East (9-3), a program in only its third season of existence, advances to meet Mesquite Poteet (10-2) in the regional round next week. Whitehouse, which was trying for its first 11-win campaign in program history, finished the year 10-2.
Anderson put together a memorable performance, completing the night with 49 carries for 385 yards and two touchdowns — both scores coming in the second half with things on the line. McCain completed 13 of 29 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns: all three scores and 11 receptions for 192 yards going to Ateman, an Oklahoma State pledge.
Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 21 of 36 passes for 441 yards in the final game of his breakout season. Once again he was forced to scramble around and keep plays alive, teaming up with fellow juniors Jake Parker (eight catches, 114 yards), Ryan Cheatham (three catches, 127 yards, two TDs) and Vincent Dunning (3 catches, 77 yards, two TDs) for another big night through the air); plus connecting with senior star Dylan Cantrell (4 for 105).
Dunning also carried the ball 11 times for 100 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 56-56 with 7:09 left in the fourth.
Whitehouse ended the first half with a Hail Mary touchdown for the second consecutive week, after Mahomes and Cantrell hooked up from 51 yards in the 42-32 bi-district win against Ennis.
This time, Mahomes once again scrambled around and heaved the ball to Cantrell in the center of the field. But this time, Cantrell caught ball on the 10-yard line and pitched it to a trailing Vincent Dunning, who took care of the final 10 yards to send the game into halftime tied at 35-35.
The miraculous play completed a half in which Anderson stepped off 243 yards on 22 carries, using his speed and 5-7 frame to get through holes while also bulldozing through defenders to put his power on display. Despite the yardage, Anderson finished the half without a touchdown as McCain and Ates hooked up seven times for 138 yards and three scores.
Their first scoring connection came on the first drive, which Anderson kick-started with a 30-yard misdirection run right around and through the Wildcats. McCain then found Ates wide open past the secondary for a 44-yard score to make it 7-7 with 10:22 left in the first quarter.
That came after Mahomes, who finished the half 11 of 20 for 210 yards, found Parker for a 13-yard TD to put the first points on the board. Mahomes threw three touchdowns in the half, the second a 12-yarder to Dunning with 10:54 to play in the second quarter.
On Wylie East’s ensuing possession, Wildcats defensive back Isaiah Burton returned an interception 34 yards to the Raiders’ 14. And on the very next play, Dominique Hollie broke free for a touchdown run to give Whitehouse a 28-17 lead 8:40 left in the half.
But the Raiders took over from there, forcing Whitehouse punts and retaking the lead, 32-28, on 36- and 28-yard touchdown passes from McCain to Ates.
Class 4A Division II Area Playoff
Wylie East 63, Whitehouse 56
At Homer B. Johnson Stadium, Garland
Wylie East 17 18 14 14 63
Whitehouse 14 21 14 7 56
WHI— Jake Parker 13 pass from Patrick Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 10:46
WE—Marcell Ateman 44 pass from Garrett McCain (Dylan Cook kick), 10:22
WHI—Dominique Hollie 6 run (Wilkins kick), 8:34
WE—FG Cook 32, 3:40
WE—McCain 10 run (Cook kick), 1:16
WHI—Vincent Dunning 12 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 10:54
WHI—Hollie 14 run (Wilkins kick), 8:40
WE—Ateman 36 pass from McCain (Anderson run), 7:23
WE—Ateman 28 pass from McCain (Cook kick), 4:10
WE—FG Cook 29, :16
WHI—Dunning 57 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), :00
WE—McCain 12 run (Cook kick), 10:18
WHI—Ryan Cheatham 43 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 8:59
WHI—Cheatham 59 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 7:36
WE—Jabari Anderson 2 run (Cook kick), 5:49
WE—Anderson 1 run (Cook kick), 8:01
WHI—Dunning 57 run (Wilkins kick), 7:09
WE—Kevon Mack 6 run (Cook kick), :41
First Downs 41 22
Rushes-Yards 68-470 28-156
Comp.-Att.-Int. 14-29-1 21-36-0
Passing Yards 228 441
Penalties-Yards 5-45 8-90
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Punts-Avg. 3-49.3 6-32.5
RUSHING — Wylie East, Jabari Anderson 49-385, Garrett McCain 14-59, Kevon Mack 4-29, Cameron Collins 1-(-3). Whitehouse, Vincent Dunning 11-100, Dominique Hollie 5-32, Patrick Mahomes 12-24.
PASSING — Wylie East, McCain 14-29-1—228. Whitehouse, Mahomes 21-36-0—441.
RECEIVING — Wylie East, Marcell Ateman 11-192, Jesse Brubaker 2-36. Whitehouse, Jake Parker 8-114, Ryan Cheatham 3-127, Dunning 3-70, Dylan Cantrell 4-105, Coleman Patterson 2-24, Isaiah Burton 1-1 .