John Tyler + Whitehouse Win Twice in Monday’s 7-on-7 Football Action at Rose Stadium
TYLER -- The two teams expected to battle for the District 16-4A crown again in 2013 had a good night Monday at 7-on-7 football action at TMF Rose Stadium.
Whitehouse and John Tyler each recorded wins against Lindale and Tyler Lee. Whitehouse beat Lindale 35-6 before notching a 24-12 victory against Lee. John Tyler came back to beat Lee late, 20-18, then beat Lindale 20-14.
Whitehouse, which qualified for next month's Division I state 7-on-7 tournament in Leander with an undefeated day at this past weekend's tournament in Lufkin, hosts next week's league action Monday night at Wildcat Stadium.
John Tyler Comes Back For 20-18 Win vs. Tyler Lee
John Tyler erased an 18-7 deficit in the final 10 minutes of its 20-18 win against Lee.
New starting quarterback Geovari McCollister, a 6-foot-2 right-hander in the 2015 class, found 6-foot-4 classmate Rodney Bendy for an eight-yard touchdown pass to cut the gap to 18-13. After a Lee turnover on downs, McCollister and Bendy connected again in the clutch, covering 45 yards on a third down from the 45-yard line to claim a 20-18 lead with less than three minutes on the clock.
McCollister completed 19 of 31 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Another 2015 prospect, Nick Cain, caught seven passes for 76 yards, while Bendy snagged five for 81 and the two scores. Senior running back Reggie Gipson had four catches for 33 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown on the Lions' possession of the game that gave JT a 7-6 lead.
Carr and Allen connected for all three of Lee's touchdowns, which covered 45, 5, and 45 yards. Allen caught five passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns, while Carr completed 11 of 22 passes for 228 yards and three scores.
Two four-second coverage sacks ended Lee's final chance. The second four-second violation wiped away what would have been a game-winning 20-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Allen in the back of the end zone in the final half minute of the contest.
Whitehouse Notches 24-12 Win Over Tyler Lee
Whitehouse played Monday without Texas Tech-bound starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was competing in the New Balance Area Code baseball team tryouts in Grand Prairie (he was selected as an outfielder to represent the Texas Rangers). But 2014 quarterback/receiver Ryan Cheatham and left-handed 2015 quarterback Jackson Allen picked up the slack in Mahomes' absence.
Cheatham led Whitehouse to touchdowns on all three possessions he quarterback during the 12-point win vs. Lee. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 135 yards, including three touchdowns: 33 yards to Jake Parker, nine yards to Jaylon Dews, and 26 yards to Kris Boykin. Allen was 4-for-9 for 65 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He found Parker for an eight-yard score that gave Whitehouse an 18-6 lead.
Parker, who will be a senior this fall, said the transition from quarterback to quarterback is easier for the Wildcats because of their 7-on-7-friendly scheme.
"Patrick's an amazing quarterback," Parker said. "There's nobody like him, but our spread offense fits the 7-on-7 game. We work on this kind of stuff in practice during the season."
Parker, who led Whitehouse in receptions in 2012, caught three passes for 56 yards and the two scores. Classmates Dews and Patterson combined for four catches for 72 yards. The trio had a cumulative 150 receptions for 2,266 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2012. Their return will help Mahomes and company compensate for the graduation of Texas Tech signee Dylan Cantrell, who had 66 grabs for 1,396 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall.
Lee quarterback Trevor Carr completed 17 of 31 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Scores from Monday's 7-on-7 League at TMF Rose Stadium
- John Tyler 20, Tyler Lee 18
- John Tyler 20, Lindale 14
- Whitehouse 35, Lindale 6
- Whitehouse 24, Tyler Lee 6