Wildcats get started on the right track

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Clayton Cook rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns, including an 18-yard score late in the second half that helped give the Wildcats the lead for good.

Whitehouse defeated Hallsville 27-10 for the second consecutive season-opening win in a row over the Bobcats. Whitehouse will play Chapel Hill as part of the Rose City Classic in Tyler at 7:30 p.m. at Rose Stadium Thursday, in Tyler. The Wildcats have been designated as the visiting team.

Following a 40-yard field goal that put the Bobcats on top 3-0, Javier Neal took the ensuing kickoff 65 yards down the field to set up Cook’s go-ahead touchdown run.

Neal also shined on defense after Hallsville recovered the second half kickoff at the Whitehouse 14-yard line. Neal put a stop to the Hallsville drive with an interception that he returned to the Bobcats’ 40-yard line.

Later in the frame, Whitehouse quarterback Jacob Clemons connected with Cameron Cantrell for a 20-yard scoring strike. Despite a failed PAT attempt, the Wildcats were in control 13-3.

Whitehouse mounted a drive late in the third quarter and into the fourth frame that ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by Cook, his second of the game.

Javier Myles capped a fourth-quarter drive with a 13-yard scoring run that pushed the lead to 27-3. Hallsville scored a late touchdown for the final margin.

Cook’s 93 rushing yards on 18 carries led the Wildcats. Myles rushed for 32 yards on nine totes, and Clemons completed 22 of 33 pass attempts for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Cantrell snagged nine passes for 55 yards and the score, and Kendrion Johnson caught six passes for 56 yards. Also, Neal hauled in two receptions for 32 yards, Seth Dolan had two receptions for 26 yards, Brandon Bullard had two for nine yards, and Myles finished with one catch for two yards.

On the defensive line, Christian Owens recorded five tackles, four assists, four tackles for a loss and one quarterback sack. Darius Trimble finished the contest with five tackles, five assists and one tackle for a loss, while defensive end Trevor Lawrence posted three tackles, three assists and one tackle for a loss. Linebacker Michael Raabe recorded four tackles, three assists and one tackle for a loss, and Ken’tavian McDade posted three tackles, two assists and one tackle for a loss. Peyton Kennedy had four tackles, and Kendahl Fry broke up two passes and recorded two tackles and four assists. Jerome Bowser had one tackle and five assists, and Neal broke up one pass and had one interception.

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