Whitehouse has had six head football coaches in the past 25 seasons and only two won the first game as the mentor of the Wildcats.
One was Adam Cook, the athletic director for Whitehouse Independent School District. In his first game as the head coach Friday, Aug. 31, Marcus Gold added his name to the winning list after he guided the Wildcats to a 50-28 convincing win over Henderson, ranked among the top 20 schools in several Class-4A, Division I polls.
Peyton Kennedy, a junior, was a wrecking force for the Wildcats. He rushed for four touchdowns and added another on a 20-yard interception late in the game. He was in on 10 tackles, three assists, he posted one solo quarterback sack and shared another, knocked down four other pass attempts and forced a fumble.
Gold and the Wildcats are off to a 1-0 start. It is the third straight season Whitehouse won the season opener. The Wildcats will next play Chapel Hill in the Rose City Classic at Rose Stadium in Tyler. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Whitehouse is designated as the visitors.
Chapel Hill lost 40-20 to Crandall (from District 9-4A, Division I) last week.
With touchdowns on three of its first four possessions, Whitehouse jumped out to a huge 22-7 lead in the first quarter and had the game all but in hand with a 37-7 halftime advantage. Henderson cut into the Whitehouse lead with seven unanswered points in the third quarter but the Wildcats maintained a sizable advantage despite Henderson’s 14-13 fourth-quarter edge in scoring.
Flint Herrington showcased a stellar evening after he completed 17 of his 23 pass attempts for 315 yards, including his first touchdown to KJ Johnson for 85 yards in the first stanza. He also tossed a scoring pass to Cameron Cantrell and he was not intercepted in the game.
Johnson finished with five catches for 199 yards and the score, while Cantrell hauled in three receptions for 59 yards and one score. Kendahl Fry was on the receiving end of eight catches for 47 yards, Austin Barron caught one pass for 17 yards and Jaden Haskins had one catch for four yards.
Whitehouse rushed 29 times for 123 yards with Kennedy leading the corps with six totes for 59 yards, including scores of 1, 3, 1 and 46 yards. Haskins rushed nine times for 45 yards, Carter Adams had four rushed for 20 yards and Cantrell rushed twice for 20 yards.
Cantrell also completed a pass for five yards.
The Whitehouse defense was stout. The Wildcats held the Lions to well under a total of 100 yards of offense in the first half. In addition to Kennedy, LeJavion Mosely had five tackles and a quarterback sack, Andrew Gray recorded seven tackles, one assist, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback sack, Darius Trimble posted four tackles, two assists, one tackle for a loss, shared a quarterback sack and he recovered a fumble.
Michael Raabe finished with five tackles, three assists, two tackles for a loss, one quarterback sack and he shared another sack, while Skylar Trevino had one assist and an interception. Chaez Spurlock recorded five tackles, one assist, one tackle for a loss and he shared a sack.
The Whitehouse special teams did allow a 99-yard kickoff return by Henderson’s KeShoyn Alexander.
Kevin Fields led the Henderson ground game with about 70 yards.
Cantrell also scored on three two-point conversion runs and Cooper Clemons successfully booted two of his four extra point tries.
Henderson 7 0 7 14 - 28
Whitehouse 22 15 0 13 - 50