[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special to ETSN.fm]

HALLSVILLE -- The Whitehouse offense picked up where it left off from a season ago, accounting for 755 yards in the Wildcats' 58-28 rout of Hallsville on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium.

Whitehouse senior quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 40 passes for 456 yards and four touchdowns, tacking on one more on the ground. Mahomes spread the ball around with eight different receivers making catches.

Vincent Dunning balanced out the attack on the ground as the Wildcats rushed for 256 yards with Dunning picking up 114 yards and a touchdown in helping new Wildcats head coach Adam Cook pick up his first career coaching victory.

“Very exciting, just excited for this coaching staff and for these kids and the community of Whitehouse, it’s a big win for us” Cook said.

Hallsville's Macailyn Wilder (10) picks up positive yardage against Whitehouse on Friday night in Hallsville. (Jeff Stapleton, ETSN.fm)

The Wildcats (1-0) settled for an opening-drive field goal then found the end zone on four of their next five drives. Mahomes rushed one in from 5 yards out for a 10-0 lead, then made the play of the game on Whitehouse's next possession. Facing third-and-10 at their own 17, Mahomes rolled back toward his own end zone and escaped two tacklers at the goal line before finding Ryan Cheatham for a 58-yard gain. Dominique Hollie scored from a yard out four plays later for a 17-0 lead.

The Texas Tech-bound signal caller made a similar play two possessions later, scrambling and throwing across his body to find Drew Smith from 26 yards out to increase the Wildcat lead.

The Bobcats got on the board after facing a 17-0 deficit with the help of a blocked punt by Jacori Crayton that was returned 60 yards for a score by Jacob Taylor. That along with a 4-yard score from quarterback Macailyn Wilder and a 13-yard run from Kha’lil Sneed accounted for the Bobcats' first-half points and kept them with 10, 31-21, at the break.

Wilder made plays throughout the night, keeping the Bobcats within shouting distance until the third quarter. The 5-11 quarterback was elusive, evading tacklers and finding running room, accounting for 194 of the team's 231 yards.

Dunning scored from a yard out on the second half’s opening possession and Mahomes found three different receivers -- Jake Parker, Jaylon Dews, Cheatham -- for scores on Whitehouse's next three possessions to put the game away. Cheatham finished with 114 yards, Coleman Patterson followed with 113, while Parker and Dews had 88 and 65 yards, respectively.

Whitehouse will play Chapel Hill on Thursday night at Rose Stadium in Tyler, while Hallsville travels to Van on Friday.


Whitehouse 58, Hallsville 28

Bobcat Stadium, Hallsville

Whitehouse           17   14   27    0   --    58
Hallsville                 0    21    7    0    --   28
First Quarter
WHI--FG Colby Crim 34, 8:08.
WHI--Mahomes 8 run, 4:27.
WHI--Dominique Hollie 1 run, :45.
Second Quarter
HAL--Jacob Taylor 60 blocked punt return, 10:08.
WHI--Drew Smith 26 pass from Mahomes, 7:55.
HAL--Macailyn Wilder 4 run, 4:54.
WHI--Vincent Dunning 5 run, 3:56.
HAL--Kha'lil Sneed 13 run, :30.
Third Quarter
WHI--Dunning 1 run, 10:49.
WHI--Jake Parker 17 pass from Mahomes, 7:05.
WHI--Jaylon Dews 21 pass from Mahomes, 4:23.
WHI--Ryan Cheatham 35 pass from Mahomes, 3:23.
HAL--Sneed 33 pass from Wilder, 1:36.

                                  WHI               HAL
First Downs                     24                   8
Rushes-Yards            42-256          32-100
Passing Yards                499               131
Comp.-Att.-Int.         27-48-0           9-20-1
Punts-Avg.                 3-32.0           6-34.0
Fumbles-Lost                  1-1               2-2
Penalties-Yards            12-89             3-25

RUSHING--Whitehouse, Vincent Dunning 15-114, Patrick Mahomes 12-12, Dominique Hollie 7-50, Shemar Smith 8-80. Hallsville, Macailyn Wilder 20-63, Kha'lil Sneed 6-31, Stephon Dunn 3-9, Wyatt Wolverton 1-2, Jacob Taylor 2-(-5).
PASSING--Whitehouse, Mahomes 23-40--456, Jackson Allen 4-8-0--43. Hallsville, Wilder 9-18-1--131, Wolverton 0-2-0--0.
RECEIVING--Whitehouse, Jake Parker 6-88, Cheatham 4-114, Coleman Patterson 4-113, Jaylon Dews 6-65, Dunning 3-50, Drew Smith 3-50, Kris Boykin 1-4, Hollie 1-15. Hallsville, Jamil Young 2-34, Michael Suddeth 1-26, Dionte Jackson 1-16, Andre Jones 2-74, Travis Teodorczyk 1-3, Sneed 2-32, Ben Dewoody 1-(-4).

Whitehouse's Jamal Kennedy (20) and Isaiah Burton celebrate during the Wildcats' win over Hallsville on Friday night in Hallsville. (Jeff Stapleton, ETSN.fm)

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