Top 25 Games of 2015: No. 17, Chapel Hill vs. Whitehouse
Fans in East Texas could be presented with a real treat in the opener of the annual Trinity Mother Frances Classic at Rose Stadium in Tyler, as Smith County rivals Chapel Hill and Whitehouse tangle on Sept. 3.
The first of three games in the three nights in Tyler, this matchup ranks No. 17 on ETSN.fm's list of the top 25 games of 2015.
In recent history, Chapel Hill-Whitehouse games have become defined by tons of offense and late-game drama.
In 2011, the Bulldogs earned a 59-49 shootout victory en route to eventually claiming the Class 3A Division I state championship. Two years later, Chapel Hill overcame a 35-point, first-half deficit, only to come up on the losing end of a 42-34 decision.
And just last season, the two teams combined for 94 points almost 800 yards of offense. Two defensive scores, and three fourth-quarter touchdowns helped Whitehouse come away with a 52-42 win.
Each team has a few offensive playmakers returning for the 2015 installment.
Chapel Hill returns its 2,000-yard passer from a season ago in Konnor Hitchcock, and a solid receiving corps consisting of seniors Deundre Phillips, Reggie King, and Zack Walters. Ja'Braylon Franklin, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, is back as well.
While Whitehouse will be breaking in a new quarterback, the Wildcats do have a couple of solid weapons back, including senior running back/receiver Shemar Smith and senior wideout Trent Williams.