Whitehouse Dominates Lindale, 56-24, to Get First-Ever 6-0 Start
WHITEHOUSE -- For the first time in school history, Whitehouse is 6-0. Behind the arms of Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Cheatham, the Wildcats defeated the Lindale Eagles, 56-24, in District 16-4A action at Wildcat stadium on Friday night.
Mahomes had five touchdown passes in a little more than two quarters, and backup Cheatham had three touchdowns as well. Mahomes finished 15-of-19 for 179 yards and five touchdowns, while Cheatham was 9-of-12 for 116 yards, two scoring tosses and an 8-yard touchdown run.
"We knew Lindale was banged up, losing four in a row. But still you have to prepare like it's the biggest game of the year," Whitehouse head coach Randy McFarlin said. "Our defense can play. They make adjustments well and get after it."
Lindale (1-5, 0-1) started the game strong, when sophomore running back Delenis Garrett took a hand-off on the second play of the game 64 yards to paydirt and an early 7-0 advantage.
Whitehouse (6-0, 1-0) would score the next 28 points, all from Mahomes touchdown strikes. He hit Jaylon Dews for a 12-yard score at the 6:36 mark in the first, coming off a Nate Brooks interception. After a three-and-out for the Eagles, Mahomes hit Coleman Patterson with a 15-yard touchdown, completing a seven-play drive, with 2:30 left in the first.
Wildcats junior linebacker Christopher Reese would intercept Lindale quarterback Cody Slice's pass two plays later, which setup a Mahomes to Jake Parker 10-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead.
After the next Eagles drive would end on a turnover-on-downs, Mahomes would hit Parker again, this time for 40 yards, and another touchdown, and a 28-7 lead at the 10:27 in the second.
Lindale fought back with a 15-play drive, that took over seven minutes, punctuated by a Luc Swimberghe 37-yard field goal, closing the gap to 28-10 right before the end of the first half.
Cheatham made his first appearance on the Wildcats' last drive of the half, and four plays later, he hit Roy Lee White with a 13-yard touchdown pass and a comfortable 35-10 halftime advantage for Whitehouse.
Mahomes and Co. came out firing on their first possession of the second half. He completed a six-play drive, hitting Patterson with a 14-yard touchdown toss at 10:41 in the third, making it 42-10, and handing the quarterback reins over to Cheatham for the remainder of the game.
The Wildcats wide receivers had a productive evening. Despite not getting in the end zone, Texas Tech commit Dylan Cantrell had 105 yards on seven catches. Patterson finished with three catches for 35 yards and two scores. Parker nabbed five balls for 72 yards and two touchdowns, and Dews had 52 yards and a score.
Lindale would get two late touchdown runs from Slice, a 6-yard run at the 5:11 mark in the fourth quarter, and a 2-yard jaunt with 1:23 remaining. Eagles running back Garrett finished with 21 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Slice was 8-of-16 with 40 yards passing and three interceptions.
"They're an excellent football team. Pat Mahomes does an incredible job," said Lindale coach Mike Meador. "We told them we have to play that perfect game, and we didn't quite do that. I've got 10 sophomores playing varsity right now, we're young, and we'll keep battling for a playoff spot."
The Whitehouse defense held its own, totaling five tackles for loss, three interceptions, two sacks and two pass-breakups.
"The most wins in (in a season) school history is 10, and we said we're going to break that. We want to be the best team Whitehouse has ever had," McFarlin said.