Patrick Mahomes’ Huge Night Guides Whitehouse to a 38-33 Homecoming Win Against Sulphur Springs [VIDEO]
WHITEHOUSE -- Patrick Mahomes says he likes throwing the ball "way more" than running it, but it didn't matter which he decided to do Friday. Everything worked.
Mahomes scorched Sulphur Springs with his arm and shredded the opposition with his legs, accounting for 506 yards of offense and four touchdowns in Whitehouse's 38-33 homecoming win at Wildcat Stadium.
Mahomes, a three-sport standout who excels at shortstop and pitcher on the baseball diamond and point guard on the hardwood, completed 21 of 46 passes for 385 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He ran 13 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns, the last of which covered 16 yards and gave Whitehouse a 35-27 lead with 1:06 left in the third quarter.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander extended play after play, keeping Sulphur Springs' defensive linemen running in circles as they chased him with very little success.
"He was incredible," said Whitehouse coach Randy McFarlin. "A lot of those (plays) he was making on his own."
McFarlin credited Mahomes' instincts for his quarterback's ability to turn broken plays into big gains.
"It's gotta be just instinct," Mahomes agreed. "I can kinda just feel the steps coming at me, and I just try to extend plays so I can get it to my receivers so they can make the plays."
Mahomes hit Jake Parker eight times for 154 yards, including a 69-yard, second-quarter touchdown that cut Sulphur Springs' lead to six points after Whitehouse (3-0) fell behind 20-7 early in the second quarter. Texas Tech-bound receiver Dylan Cantrell caught four passes for 123 yards for Whitehouse, and Jaylon Dews and Coleman Patterson caught three passes apiece for a combined 70 yards.
Sulphur Springs (1-2) lost two fumbles inside the Whitehouse 30-yard line in the game's final 15 minutes. The first was forced by Whitehouse's Reggie Long and recovered by Darrion Thompson and led to Mahomes' 16-yard touchdown run six plays later. Mahomes kept the possession alive when he hit Cantrell for a 43-yard gain on third-and-10 from his own 28-yard line on one of the quarterback's trademark extend-the-play efforts.
"I trust my receivers at all times. I'll throw it up to them and I'm expecting all of them to go catch it," Mahomes said. "The only thing the defense really can do is hold them. I just throw it up and let them make the plays."
Sulphur Springs' defense did indeed hold Whitehouse on multiple pass plays, resulting in three 15-yard interference calls. Sulphur Springs had 12 penalties for 101 yards, while Whitehouse committed three penalties for 25 yards.
Whitehouse sophomore cornerback Nate Brooks had two pass breakups, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, and broke up a game-tying two-point conversion attempt with 7:34 remaining following Willy Ivery's nine-yard touchdown run that cut Whitehouse's lead to 35-33. That touchdown run came seven plays after Barry Stribling picked off an underthrown fade from Mahomes to Cantrell and ran it back 53 yards to Whitehouse's 47-yard line.
Whitehouse added Destin Wilkins' 27-yard field goal with 2:08 left to bump its lead to 38-33, then benefited from a bad snap and a Brannon Beaton sack to hold Sulphur Springs on its final possession.
Ivery had seven catches for 62 yards and ran eight times for 29 yards. Vincent Dunning had 10 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown, Whitehouse's first, and helped Whitehouse to 205 yards on 33 rushes. The teams combined for more than 1,100 yards of offense. Whitehouse outgained Sulphur Springs 590-533.
Brad Macek and Derick Ingram shared Sulphur Springs' quarterbacking duties. Macek was 16 of 23 for 167 yards and a touchdown, while Ingram was 7 of 15 for 174 yards, 74 of which came on a Cole Hill catch-and-run early in the third that set up Ingram's three-yard touchdown run for a 27-21 lead. Ingram and tailback Buddy Ivery left the game early in the fourth with injuries. Ivery had 128 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
Whitehouse visits Marshall on Friday. Sulphur Springs hosts Paris.
Whitehouse 38, Sulphur Springs 33
at Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse
Sulphur Springs -- 13 7 7 6 -- 33
Whitehouse -- 7 14 14 3 -- 38
WH -- Vincent Dunning 7 run (Destin Wilkins kick) -- 9:46
SS -- Jordan Jackson 28 pass from Brad Macek (Tony Bravo kick) -- 7:00
SS -- Buddy Ivery 1 run (pass failed) -- 2:00
SS -- Ivery 2 run (Bravo kick) -- 11:05
WH -- Jake Parker 69 pass from Patrick Mahomes (Wilkins kick) -- 10:30
WH -- Mahomes 2 run (Wilkins kick) -- 0:53
SS -- Derick Ingram 3 run (Bravo kick) -- 11:07
WH -- Mahomes 8 run (Wilkins kick) -- 8:00
WH -- Mahomes 16 run (Wilkins kick) -- 1:06
SS -- Willy Ivery 9 run (pass failed) -- 7:34
WH -- Wilkins 27 field goal -- 2:08
First downs 25 27
Rushes-Yards 46-192 33-205
Passing Yards 342 385
Comp.-Att.-Int. 23-38-0 21-46-1
Punts-Avg. 6-42.3 5-41.4
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-0
Penalties-Yards 3-25 12-101