[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special ETSN.fm]

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Another week, another fast start for the Whitehouse Wildcats.

Behind the legs of Vincent Dunning and the duo of Patrick Mahomes and Coleman Patterson, the No. 4 Wildcats used a strong first half to defeat Sulphur Springs 61-22 in front of a homecoming crowd at Gerald Prim Stadium.

Mahomes, a Texas Tech commit, once again put up big numbers, completing 17 of 36 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went to Patterson, who finished the night with seven catches for 203 yards. Dunning paced the ground game with 60 yards on just 10 carries, three of those going for touchdowns.

Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Just a week after losing junior safety Justin Dunning a season-ending knee injury, the Whitehouse defense responded, limiting the productivity of Sulphur Springs duo Larry Pryor and Willy Ivery. Ivery finished the night 21 carries for 102 yards and two first-half touchdowns, while Pryor completed 22 of 39 passes for 188 yards, one TD, and an interception.

Ivery briefly gave Sulphur Springs the lead on the Wildcats' third possession of the game, completing an eight-play, 60-yard drive with a 27-yard score, beating several defenders around the left end and taking it to the house.

It was all Whitehouse after that.

Whitehouse trailed for less than two minutes, responding quickly to the Ivery score with a 54-yard bomb after a Mahomes scramble that set up Dunning for a 10-yard scoring run, his first on the night. After stuffing a Sulphur Springs fake punt, Whitehouse needed just five plays before Dunning punched it in from nine yards for a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.

Whitehouse RB Vincent Dunning. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

The second quarter belonged to the Mahomes and Patterson connection, the duo that would push the Whitehouse lead to 31-14 at the break. A Shemar Smith 70-yard kickoff return set up Whitehouse with excellent field position after a facemask penalty tacked on yardage. Mahomes found Patterson two plays later for an 11-yard score.

Smith, a sophomore running back, contributed in several areas with the long kickoff return, 23 rushing yards, two receptions, and playing cornerback with Nate Brooks moving to safety to fill the void created by Dunning’s injury.

Whitehouse (3-0) put together another drive just before the break. After the defense forced a turnover on downs the Wildcats used just under three minutes. Mahomes found his favorite target on the night after a scramble to buy time, hitting Patterson from 42 yards out.

Sulphur Springs ATH Willy Ivery. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Following turnovers on consecutive plays by both teams, Ivery once again found the end zone, turning the short field position into points as he punched it in from the 2-yard line after coming up just short on the previous play. The Wildcats couldn’t manage much more in the opening half after failing to convert a fake punt on fourth-and-3, and punting on three other possessions.

Whitehouse scored on four of its first five second-half possessions, pushing a 31-14 halftime advantage into a 58-22 lead at the beginning of the fourth. Two Mahomes TD strikes, one to Patterson and one to Dews, along with a Tre Staples one-yard score that was set-up by a 65-yard bomb to Patterson accounted for the third-quarter burst.

A Sulphur Springs fumbled punt snap gave Whitehouse prime field position early in the fourth, which created the last touchdown of the night, Dunning’s third, this one from a yard out.

Whitehouse returns home next week to host Marshall, while Sulphur Springs travels to Paris.

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No. 4 Whitehouse 61, Sulphur Springs 22

Gerald Prim Stadium, Sulphur Springs

 

Whitehouse -- 14 17 20 10 -- 61
Sulphur Springs -- 7 7 8 0 -- 22

First Quarter
SS
– Willy Ivery 27-yard run (Watson Kick) -- 5:55
WH – Vincent Dunning 10-yard run (Blackburn Kick) -- 4:06
WH – Vincent Dunning 9-yard run (Crim Kick) -- 1:35
Second Quarter
WH
– Colby Crim 35-yard FG -- 10:28
SS – Willy Ivery 2-yard run (Watson Kick) -- 8:40
WH – Mahomes 11-yard pass to Coleman Patterson (Blackburn Kick) -- 7:51
WH – Mahomes 42-yard pass to Coleman Patterson (Crim Kick) -- 2:22
Third Quarter
WH
– Mahomes 24-yard pass to Coleman Patterson (Blackburn Kick) -- 6:29
SS – Pryor 17-yard pass to Isaiah Lacy (2-point good) -- 4:19
WH – Tre’ Staples 1-yard run (2-point no good) -- 3:16
WH – Mahomes 5-yard pass to Jaylon Dews (Blackburn Kick) -- 0:06
Fourth Quarter
WH
– Vincent Dunning 1-yard run (Crim Kick) -- 10:13
WH – Travis Blackburn 35-yard FG -- 3:10

                                    WH                 SS

First Downs                18         15
Total Yards                567                 358
Rushes-Yards             29-153           40-170
Pass Yards                 414                 188
Comp-Att-Int             19-42-0          22-39-1
Penalties-Yards         11-102           13-99
Fumbles-Lost             1-1                  2-1
Punts-Avg                  3-31                4-35

Individual
Rushing – Whitehouse: Patrick Mahomes 7-39, Vincent Dunning 10-60 (3 TD), Shemar Smith 6-23, Tre’ Staples 2-1 (1 TD), Dominique Hollie 4-30. Sulphur Springs: Willy Ivery 21-102 (2 TD), Larry Pryor 7-25, Mitchell DeYong 10-41, Derick Ingram 2-2.
Passing – Whitehouse Patrick Mahomes 17-36 379 (4 TD), Jackson Allen 2-6 35. Sulphur Springs Larry Pryor 22-39 188 (1 TD, 1 INT), Parker Aguilar 0-1
Receiving – Whitehouse: Jaylon Dews 2-15 (1 TD), Coleman Patterson 7-203 (3 TD), Ryan Cheatham 1-42, Jake Parker 4-74, Shemar Smith 2-34, Kris Boykin 1-28, Tre' Staples 1-7. Sulphur Springs: Isaiah Lacy 4-14 (1 TD), Dillon Carpenter 6-59, Alex Burney 7-69, Willy Ivery 1-17, Ben Brooks 2-18, Dustin Fields 1-5.