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CHAPEL HILL BULLDOGS (0-1)
VS.
WHITEHOUSE WILDCATS (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday
TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
Radio: Hot 1073 Jamz

Coaches
Chapel Hill: Thomas Sitton
Whitehouse: Randy McFarlin

Last week
Chapel Hill: lost to Lindale 31-14
Whitehouse: def. Hallsville 35-18

Next week
Chapel Hill: vs. Carthage
Whitehouse: vs. Sulphur Springs

Playmakers
Chapel Hill

  • FB/DE Tre Allen, Sr., 6-0, 230 (committed to Arkansas State)
  • RB/S Joseph Clark, Jr., 5-9, 175
  • RB/LB Wesley Thompson, Jr., 6-2, 190
  • QB Andrew Black, Jr., 6-0, 180
  • WR Gabriel Robinson, Jr., 5-9, 150
  • RB/LB Londreyus Johnson, Jr.
  • WR/DB JaMarcus McCowin, Sr.

Whitehouse

  • QB Patrick Mahomes, Jr., 6-3, 195
  • WR/DB Cole Patterson, Jr., 6-0, 185
  • WR Dylan Cantrell, Sr., 6-3, 215 (committed to Texas Tech)
  • WR Jake Parker, Jr.
  • FS Colby Campbell, Sr., 6-0, 185
  • RB Zen'Darrian Haskins, Sr., 5-10, 175
  • WR Jaylon Dews

Just the facts

  • Chapel Hill, the defending 3A Division I champion, suffered its first loss since the 2010 state championship game last week against Lindale.
  • The Bulldogs have 10 new starters on offense, and it showed against Lindale with five turnovers. The Eagles three of those miscues into touchdowns.
  • Chapel Hill rolled up 592 of yards in its 59-49 win over Whitehouse a season ago. The Bulldogs were balanced, passing for 315 and rushing for 277.
  • Whitehouse's Hunter Taylor passed for 500 yards in last season's matchup, but his successor Patrick Mahomes had a nice debut last week against Hallsville with three touchdown passes.
  • Dylan Cantrell, who had nine catches for 161 yards and two TDs against Chapel Hill in 2011, hauled in three touchdowns in the win over Hallsville.
  • Chapel Hill holds a 14-9-2 edge on Whitehouse in the all-time series, but the Wildcats have eight of the last 10 meetings.

Key matchup: Whitehouse receivers vs. Chapel Hill secondary. Cantrell will give any secondary trouble, but the key will be how the Chapel Hill defensive backs play the other Whitehouse receivers. Cole Patterson, Jake Parker and Jaylon Dews all had big games against Hallsville. Patterson caught a touchdown, Parker returned a punt for a score and Dews led the Wildcats with six catches for 71 yards. Chapel Hill's defense struggled against Lindale's running game, allowing 358 rushing yards. The pass defense, however, wasn't tested like it will be on Friday night.

Don't be surprised if: Chapel Hill's defensive backs play closer to the line of scrimmage than they did last year. The majority of Whitehouse's throws last year against the Bulldogs were quick and to the sideline, allowing the Wildcats receivers space to make moves in the open field. Chapel Hill, despite fielding several new starters in the secondary, still has plenty of speed and won't let too many receivers get behind them. By keeping the ball in Mahomes' hands longer, the Chapel Hill pass rush will have more time to apply pressure.