Whitehouse’s Randy McFarlin had lunch with former Wildcats receiver Chris Leonard on Tuesday.
The former coach and pupil discussed many things about McFarlin’s nine years at the helm, which includes a seven-year playoff streak. Among the topics was the 2006 season, which featured the Wildcats’ first playoff win in almost a decade and a Thanksgiving weekend showdown at FC Dallas’ Pizza Hut Park (now named FC Dallas Stadium).
“He shared some of his memories, especially about that game at Pizza Hut Park,” said McFarlin, referring to the Wildcats’ 28-14 playoff victory against Frisco. “And we also talked about beating Mount Pleasant at Mesquite Memorial in that first playoff game. From where we were nine years ago when I got here, what an incredible turnaround.”
Last Friday night, McFarlin likely coached his final game at Whitehouse in the Wildcats’ 63-56 loss to Wylie East in the 4A Division II area playoffs at Garland ISD’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium. That’s because his contract hasn’t been renewed past this school year, meaning he spent this fall likely playing for one last shot with the Wildcats.
With that now in the rearview mirror, McFarlin has turned to sending out resumes after going 59-43 in nine seasons for a program that had reached the playoffs only four times prior to his arrival. The Wildcats finished this season with a 10-2 record, a run that included a strong performance against second-ranked John Tyler in the District 16-4A title game and a bi-district win against Ennis.
This week, McFarlin has been busy sending out all-state nominations, setting up a team picture for the Wildcats’ Wall of Fame and helping organize the football banquet. His current plans are to finish up his contract that runs through the spring, but he’s also taking a step back to unwind from a long and grueling season.
“I’m still going to work and I’ll be working through the semester,” McFarlin said. “I have some sick days and vacation days I’ll be taking. … It’s just a day by day situation and we’ll have to wait and see what God has in store. I’ll know when it happens.”
Despite it concluding earlier than he hoped, McFarlin is still proud of his team’s performance in 2012. The season included with the seven-point loss to Wylie East, a back-and-forth game that featured 119 points and 1,295 yards of offense.
“A 10-win season is fantastic,” McFarlin said. “This group did amazing things. We had a great year. (The Wylie East game) was just two good football teams. Somebody had to lose.”