Cantrell, Wildcats had memorable season


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Whitehouse's Dylan Cantrell (14) hauls in a pass while defended by Wylie East's Jordan Wyatt (21) Friday, November 23, 2012, at Homer B. Johnson Stadium in Garland. (Contributor/D.J. Peters)

The following is a question-and-answer with Dylan Cantrell, the Whitehouse Wildcats standout senior wide receiver. In the Wildcats’ 63-56 Class 4A Division II area loss to Wylie East, Cantrell had four catches for 105 yards. For the season, he had 66 receptions for 1,396 yards and 15 touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Cantrell’s career totals are 153 receptions for 2,810 yards, 36 touchdowns and two, two-point conversions.

Some of the Whitehouse High School records set by Cantrell include:

1, Most yards for any receiver in a two-year span with 2,810 yards.

2, Cantrell’s 21.15 yards-per-catch average is the most for any receiver in a single season.

3, Cantrell’s 18.36 yards-per-catch average is the most for any receiver in a career.

4. Cantrell’s six-touchdown performance against Pine Tree was the most TDs caught by a Whitehouse receiver and tied for second in the state of Texas.

Cantrell has shared his thoughts during the football season with sports editor Phil Hicks. Cantrell will now suit up for the Wildcat basketball team.

Hicks: First, your thoughts on the wild game with Wylie East.

Cantrell: I thought we should have won and I am disappointed with the outcome. We were a better team than the way we performed Friday night. We had too many missed opportunities and field position mistakes.

Hicks: Describe the Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half against Wylie East.

Cantrell: It was basically the same scenario as the week before. It was the last play of the half and Pat (Mahomes) picked up some key blocks to give him time to throw. I was waiting in the end zone but the ball was thrown short. I ran to the ball where I knew if I caught it, I would be way short of the end zone and I wouldn’t make it in. After I caught the ball I saw Vincent Dunning running toward me, so I pitched it back to him and he took it into the end zone. Jaylon Dews made a key block so Dunning could get in for the score.

Hicks: What are your thoughts on the past season?

Cantrell: I thought we underachieved as we did in 2010. We did not meet our goals and that is a disappointment. We expected way more out of this season than a 10-win season. We had a good season and set some school records but we were striving for much more than that.

Hicks: You had a great high school career. What are your memories?

Cantrell: 1, Playing on the same team with my brother in 2010 would have to be up at the top. 2, Catching six touchdowns on eight receptions from Hunter Taylor in the Pine Tree game last season. 3, Committing to Texas Tech.