The Lake Tyler rivalry between Whitehouse and Chapel Hill may not be the biggest one in the Tyler area but it always results in an exciting match-up.
Since the Bulldogs were classified as a smaller school in recent years, Whitehouse has dominated the outcomes winning eight of the last nine meetings, including last week’s classic.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter after senior quarterback Flint Herrington connected on a 36-yard touchdown pass with Kendrion Johnson and a three-yard aerial to Kendahl Fry for another touchdown. Fry also ran for the two-point conversion to push the Whitehouse lead to 15-0.
Midway through the second stanza, the Bulldogs scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jaxon Heckel to Darrius Warran, also a senior.
Later in the frame, Chapel Hill mounted another drive that reached inside the Whitehouse 10-yard line when Heckel attempted a pass that was picked off by senior linebacker Michael Raabe, who not only intercepted the pass to halt the march, but also returned the booty 92 yards for a Whitehouse score.
Chapel Hill could have cut the Whitehouse lead to a single point with a score and a two-point conversion but instead trailed by 16 with the Wildcats taking a comfortable 22-6 lead into the halftime break.
The Bulldogs never recovered in the second half. Whitehouse padded the lead when Herrington capped a drive with a 9-yard romp through the Chapel Hill defense for a score in the third quarter. The Herrington to Fry connection worked for a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to provide the winning margin of 37-6.
For the contest, Herrington completed 21 of 37 pass attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a score and was intercepted once.
Heckel completed seven of 17 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one costly interception. In the second half, junior Tanner Rudd completed six of 11 pass attempts for 67 yards, and he was intercepted one time.
Jaden Haskins led the ground game for the Wildcats with 36 yards on nine totes. The Wildcats had 13 rushes for 48 yards in the game, while Chapel Hill rushed 37 times for 100 yards. Junior Arsheal Ates led the Bulldogs with 46 yards on 16 carries.
Johnson, who hauled in the first scoring aerial, finished with six catches for 97 yards. Fry snagged nine catches for 93 yards and Cameron Cantrell caught three passes for 21 yards. Austin Barron had two catches for 10 yards.
For the Bulldogs, Robbie Williams, a senior, had five catches for 64 yards and Warren finished with two catches for 50 yards.
Fry was named the offensive Player of the Game.
Rabbe was named the defensive Player of the Game. In addition to the interception he returned for a 92-yard touchdown, he picked off another pass, sacked the quarterback once and knocked the signal-caller down two additional times, and had nine tackles, two assists and two tackles for a loss.
Raabe led a linebacker corps that accounted for 25 tackles and 14 assists. Peyton Kennedy recorded 11 tackles, five assists, one sack and a tackle for a loss. Chaez Spurlock broke up a pass and posted four tackles and six assists.
Junior defensive end Ty Ward recorded five tackles, one assist, one tackle for a loss and shared a quarterback sack, while Trae Hawkins added one sack and shared another to go along with three tackles and assist and two tackles for a loss.
Darius Trimble led the defensive tackles with three tackles, two assists and he shared a sack with Kendarius Barrett. Cooper Clemons broke up four pass attempts and added a pair of tackles and an assist to the team totals, and Jerome Bowser had four tackles and two assists to pace the secondary.
The Wildcats will play Melissa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Wildcats Stadium in Emory.
WH 15 7 8 7 - 37
CH 0 6 0 0 - 6