Cantrell has three catches for three TDs


Dylan Cantrell
Dylan Cantrell goes up for a catch against Lindale Oct. 12 in Lindale. Photo by John Huseth

Editor’s Note: The following is a question-and-answer with Dylan Cantrell, the Whitehouse Wildcats standout senior wide receiver. In the Wildcats’ 52-21 win over Nacogdoches on Friday in Whitehouse, Cantrell had a very effective three catches for three touchdowns from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He had 86 total yards. On the season, he has 43 receptions for 864 yards and 11 touchdowns. His average per catch is 20.05.

The 8-0 Wildcats try to go to 4-0 in District 16-4A when they play the Corsicana Tigers on Friday at Wildcat Stadium in Whitehouse. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Cantrell will share his thoughts during the football season with sports editor Phil Hicks. If you have a question for Dylan, send to phicks@tylerpaper.com.

Hicks: Another week, another win. How do you feel your team played against Nacogdoches?

Cantrell: We did not play our best game. We started slow but got better in the second half. It feels good to know that we don’t have to play our best game and we can still come away with a win. I expect us to play much better this week.

Hicks: Last year, Corsicana ventured far in the playoffs, but the Tigers are having a few ups and downs this season. What are your thoughts on the Tigers?

Cantrell: Corsicana is always a dangerous team. They are not the same team we played last year. They graduated a lot of seniors and they have had to deal with some injuries. They are still in my opinion one of the best three-to-five teams in the state. They only lost to Red Oak 34-31. Red Oak just upset No. 2 Lancaster 17-0. They are coming off a two-game winning streak and are building momentum. We will have to play better than we did last week to come away with a win. I am confident that we will be prepared on Friday night.

Hicks: I know your dad and brothers were standout football players. Do you seek their advice on aspects of the game; if so what are some of their tips?

Cantrell: My dad has taught me everything I know about football since I began playing in the first grade. He has spent countless hours with my brothers and I helping us reach our full potential both on and off the field. Also, I would not be the same football player today if it wasn’t for my older brother, Jordan (plays at Harding University). He always pushes me to work harder and growing up we always competed with each other in everything that we did.

Hicks: There are many outstanding teams in East Texas, do you keep up how the other schools are faring?

Cantrell: Yes, I keep up with all the teams in East Texas. I have many friends all around East Texas that I have known since peewee football. I always check to see if their team won and how they played.

Cantrell File

Favorite Halloween costume as a kid: Werewolf

Favorite sports memory: Winning the championship in triple overtime during our last year of little league football.

Favorite sports movie: “Friday Night Lights”

Favorite amusement park ride: The Batman at Six Flags

Biggest fish you’ve caught: 4-pound bass