Clayton Cook rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns to help Whitehouse keep a perfect record for the football season.
Whitehouse and Chapel Hill renewed the Lake Tyler rivalry as the first game in the 14th annual Christus Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic Thursday, Sept. 7, at Earl Campbell Field in the CTMF Rose Stadium in Tyler.
For the sixth straight season and ninth time in the past 10 meetings between the two schools, Whitehouse prevailed for the victory. The Wildcats posted a 28-13 win to move to 2-0 for the 2017 season.
Cook scored on runs of five, four and 10 yards, including the first Whitehouse touchdown. Chapel Hill took the early lead on a 58-yard run that cashed in for a 7-0 lead, including the PAT kick. Later in the opening stanza, Cook concluded a drive with a 5-yard romp into the end zone. Cooper Clemons booted the extra point to knot the score at 7-7.
The Whitehouse defense stiffened and muzzled the Bulldogs in drive after drive for most of the remainder of the game.
The Whitehouse offense, meanwhile, punched two more scores in before halftime. Cook finished off one drive in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run, and Cameron Cantrell hauled in a near-perfect aerial from Jake Clemons. Cooper Clemons was successful on both PAT attempts to help boost the lead to 21-7 at halftime.
Turnovers prevented the Wildcats from adding to the lead in the third quarter, and the defense stayed on duty to prevent the Bulldogs from getting close to a score.
Early in the fourth period, Whitehouse mounted another scoring drive that ended with Cook’s third rushing touchdown, this one from 10 yards out. Cooper Clemons kicked the PAT for a 28-7 Whitehouse advantage.
Chapel Hill was able to respond on a one-play 98-yard run for the final score.
Cook’s 166 yards and the trio of touchdowns came on 116 yards for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Javian Myles rushed 11 times for 34 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and the Wildcats finished with 152 yards on 41 totes. The runners also lost two fumbles.
Jake Clemons completed 24 of 37 pass attempts for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Cantrell, who hauled in the touchdown pass in the second quarter, was Clemons’ main target. He snagged seven receptions for 74 yards. Also, Kendrion Johnson had six catches for 33 yards; Seth Dolan finished with three receptions for 18 yards; C. Johnson had a trio of receptions for 15 yards; and Brandon Bullard caught two passes for 11 yards.
Chapel Hill rushed 48 times for 230 yards, but the Whitehouse defense held the Bulldogs to 12 passing yards on three completions in 12 attempts. The defense also forced two interceptions.
Whitehouse, which lost three fumbles, was very efficient converting third and fourth down plays into first downs. The Wildcats recorded 20 first downs to eight for the Bulldogs.
Defensive back Kyevon Rider and linebacker Michael Raabe each had an interception in the game. In addition to his pick, Raabe recorded six tackles, three assists, two tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks. Rider broke up two other pass attempts and had four tackles.
Ken’Tavian McDade caused a fumble, knocked down the Chapel Hill signal-caller two times and had one sack, and he finished with six tackles, an assist and three tackles for a loss. Jerome Bowser posted six tackles, three assists and a tackle for a loss; defensive lineman Christian Owens recorded five tackles, two assists, three tackles for a loss and he knocked the quarterback down two times; end Trevor Lawrence finished with four tackles, four assists and two tackles for a loss, and he recovered a fumble; and Darius Trimble caused a fumble and added three tackles, four assists and three tackles for a loss to the team totals. Payton Kennedy also recorded a fumble.
Whitehouse will host a battle of unbeaten teams Friday, Sept. 15. The Wildcats will welcome Carthage to town with the kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs opened the 2017 season with a convicing 48-7 victory over Gladewater, and Carthage moved to 2-0 with a 48-38 victory over Liberty-Eylau last week.
Carthage defeated Whitehouse 23-13 in 2016, and the Bulldogs went on to win the Class-4A Division I State title. This week’s meeting will be the eighth time the two schools have met on the gridiron since 1998, and Carthage has a slight 4-3 edge in the series. Whitehouse has won three of the last four meetings (2013, 2012 and 2001).
The Carthage game also has been designated Senior Night. The Wildcats will host Sulphur Springs for Homecoming Friday, Sept. 22. They will conclude the pre-district slate at Kennedale Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff for both games will be at 7:30 p.m.
WH 7 14 0 7 - 28
CH 7 0 0 6 - 13