Cameron Cantrell Leads Whitehouse Past Sulphur Springs
Cameron Cantrell couldn't believe it.
After torching the Sulphur Springs defense in the first half, he lined up in the second half to single coverage. Apparently, the message wasn't clear. Cantrell burned the Sulphur Springs secondary twice more in the second half, leading Whitehouse to a 28-6 victory.
Cantrell scored scored all four of Whitehouse's touchdowns on eight catches for 196 yards.
"As soon as I saw they were manning me up, I knew I was about to have another big half," Cantrell said. "I don't want to sound cocky or anything, I just knew I could beat them."
Of quarterback Jacob Clemons' 245 yards, only 49 did not go to Cantrell. His longest was a 66-yard score in the third quarter in which he left plenty of space between himself and the defender. His final touchdown came halfway through the fourth quarter. He fell back into the right corner of the end zone to make an acrobatic catch.
Coach Adam Cook said Cantrell made things easier for the entire offense Friday night.
"The way they were playing us is like they were daring us to throw it to him," Cook said. "They were loading the box and Clayton Cook was getting frustrated because it's hard to run. When you have a player like Cameron, it changes the game when teams try to man up on you. He's a very special player."
Whitehouse also got a bounce back performance from its defense. After surrendering 42 points to Carthage last week, Whitehouse gave up only 6 on Friday. It also held Sulphur Springs to 0-of-5 on fourth down, squashing any momentum it tried to put together.
"The defensive front did a great job of being able to play the run and get some pressure on the quarterback," Cook said. "It's huge for your offense whenever they can do that. It makes things a lot easier on you. They did a great job of keeping us in good field position."
Although Cantrell was the star of the evening, Clayton Cook quietly put together a solid performance. He rushed for 126 yards on 21 carries and had a touchdown called back after a holding penalty.
For Sulphur Springs, Cor'Tavius Pruitt led the way with 68 total yards. Simeon Taylor also had 66 yards receiving.
Sulphur Springs will look to bounce back from the loss next week when it faces Pine Tree.
As for Whitehouse, it will take on Kennedale in its final game before opening district play.
Cantrell said this game was good for getting the team's momentum back. He is hopeful that will carry over into next week.
"We had to have this bounce back," Cantrell said. "A win would have helped, but having the margin of win helped a lot. Kennedale is gonna be a tough opponent so we're going to have to play even better against them."
Whitehouse 28, Carthage 6
At Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse
Sulphur Springs 0 0 0 6 -- 42
Whitehouse 7 7 7 7 -- 20
WHI--Cameron Cantrell 33 pass from Jacob Clemons (Cooper Clemons kick), 7:23.
WHI--Cantrell 17 pass from Jacob Clemons (Cooper Clemons kick), 3:06.
WHI--Cantrell 66 pass from Jacob Clemons (Cooper Clemson kick), 3:31.
SS-- Ryan Humphries 6 run (2-point failed), 11:53
WHI--Cantrell 27 pass from from Jacob Clemons (Cooper Clemons kick), 6:19.
First Downs 9 13
Total Yards 270 468
Rushes-Yards 38-111 27-77
Passing Yards 159 257
Comp.-Att.-Int. 16-37-1 18-30-0
Punts-Avg. 5-30.4 6-31.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 6-40 11-107
RUSHING--Sulphur Springs, Cor'Tavius Pruitt 16-41, Ryan Humphries 5-34, Colton Allen 10-23, Chad West 4-7, Austin Dodd 3-8, D'Corian Young 4-5. Whitehouse, Clayton Cook 21-126, Jacob Clemons 6-22, Javier Neal 4-6, Javian Myles 2-37, Kendahl Fry 1-19, Ken'Tavian McDade 1-1.
PASSING--Sulphur Springs, Humphries 14-31-1--153; Young 2-6-0--6. Whitehouse, Clemons 17-28-1--245; Flint Herrington 1-2-0--12.
RECEIVING--Sulphur Springs, Simeon Taylor 5-66, Pruitt 4-27, Young 2-23, Austin Dodd 2-8, Logan Caton 1-26, Bryce McQueen 1-9. Whitehouse, Cameron Cantrell 8-196, Kendrion Johnson 3-26, Seth Dolan 3-22, Blake West 1-12, 1-13, Javier Neal 1-6, Myles 1-0, Kendahl Fry 1-(-3).