In what's become one of the highlights of the East Texas non-district schedule in recent years, the Lake Tyler rivalry between Whitehouse and Chapel Hill will take center stage on Sept. 5 at Tyler's TMF Rose Stadium.

The annual battle comes in at No. 16 on's list of the top 25 games of 2014.

Whitehouse CB Nate Brooks. (Christopher R. Vinn,

The two longtime Smith County rivals have met 27 times with Chapel Hill holding a 16-9-2 all-time advantage. However, Whitehouse has won 11 of the past 13 matchups, including the last two.

Two of the last three meetings were decided in the fourth quarter. Last season, Whitehouse raced out to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter, only to see Chapel Hill get to within one touchdown twice in the final 12 minutes. The Wildcats were able to withstand the second-half push for a 42-34 victory.

Back in 2011, both Chapel Hill and Whitehouse put on an offensive show. In the Bulldogs' 59-49 win, the two teams combined for more than 1,100 yards of offense and a scoring-play average of 29.5 yards.

Each team will be attempting to build upon the playoff success of 2013. Chapel Hill won nine games and reached the Class 3A Division I state quarterfinals, while Whitehouse put forth its best season in school history by going 12-1 with a berth in the 4A Div. II regional semifinals.'s Top 25 Games of 2014