Hallsville knotted the game at 7-7 in the second quarter, but Whitehouse dominated the remainder of the game to post a season-opening 39-7 victory over the Bobcats in freshman (Maroon) gridiron action last week.
Austin Barron threw a trio of touchdown passes and Tra Hawkins returned an interception for a score.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Barron connected with Jack Clark on a 34-yard pass and run play that provided the game’s first score. Barron booted the PAT for a 7-0 Whitehouse lead.
The Bobcats answered with a drive that culminated in an 8-yard pass play for a score. With the successful PAT kick, Hallsville tied the game at 7-7.
The Barron to Clark connection worked for a second time in the second frame, this time from 28 yards out for the touchdown. Ryan McFadden ran for the successful two-point conversion and the Wildcats took a 15-7 advantage into the halftime break.
In the third stanza, the Wildcats padded their lead when Braiden Miller broke loose through the Hallsville defense for a 35-yard touchdown run. Barron booted the extra point kick for a 22-7 Whitehouse lead.
Not content with two Barron to Clark scoring plays, the duo connected once more in the third quarter to complete a 43-yard touchdown combination. Barron’s PAT kick was true and the Wildcats extended the lead to 29-7.
Barron finished off a fourth-quarter drive with a 30-yard field goal to push the lead to 32-7. Later in the frame, Hawkins stepped in front of a pass and returned the interception 61 yards for the final touchdown. Barron added the cherry on top with his final PAT kick for the final margin of 39-7.
In addition to Hawkins, who had the pick-six, other defensive standouts included Sy Ybarra, Bryson Cobb, Austin Acker (fumble recovery), Austin Moran and Richard Rodriguez.
Offensive players cited for outstanding play were Ryan McFadden, Trevor Theiring, Lance Deal, Samuel Turner, Sy Ybarra, Nathaniel Picket Pin and Liam Huynh.
The Whitehouse freshmen will host Chapel Hill Friday, Sept. 8, at Wildcat Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. The junior varsity and freshmen games will be played Friday because the varsity will play Chapel Hill Thursday, Sept. 7, as part of the Rose City Classic in Tyler.