[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special to ETSN.fm]

MARSHALL -- The Whitehouse Wildcats set the tone on the first play from scrimmage on Friday night at Maverick Stadium and never looked back.

The offensive powerhouse let the defense take the limelight first, however, with an interception by Nate Broooks that got the Wildcats rolling in a 60-14 win over Marshall.

Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes was a dominant force all night. The junior standout finished with 177 yards on 8-of-14 passing with five TDs and also ran for 18 yards on four carries. Backup Ryan Cheatham got plenty of action as well, throwing for a score and running for 55 yards on seven carries.

The Wildcats normally rely on an aerial attack, but they used a balanced offense throughout the night. Whitehouse finished the night with 458 total yards, 198 through the air and 260 on the ground.

Vincent Dunning lead the ground game with 52 yards on six carries. Roy Lee White also contributed with 48 yards on seven carries and Tre’vyieon Staples picked up 62 yards late in the contest. Seven different Wildcats carried the ball on the night.

Whitehouse, known more for its high-powered offense, also got a huge night from the other side of the ball. The Whitehouse defense forced an interception, four punts and a safety in the first half while only allowing 42 yards and two first downs.

The offense continually took advantage of great field position throughout the night. The short field made it easy for the elusive Mahomes to create chances for both Dylan Cantrell and Coleman Patterson down the field.

Starting at their own 47 after a free kick from a safety, the Wildcats used a bit of ground game. Three runs by Dunning put the ball at the 15-yard line, where Mahomes found Patterson for his first TD catch of the night.

After a Marshall drive late in the half ended with a missed field goal, the Widcats took over. Four carries by White took the ball just across midfield, where Mahomes rolled out as time expired and found Cantrell for a 47-yard score and a 40-0 halftime lead.

A 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Dominique Hollie capped the Whitehouse scoring late in the third.

The Mavericks added two scores late.

A 16-play, 83-yard drive stretching more than eight minutes was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Nolan Allen. Following an onside kick recovery, the Mavs ended the night with an 18-yard score from Jacob Foster to Kameron Maxfield.

Foster finished the night 8-of-16 for 114 yards and a TD. The running attack was led by Allen with 21 yards and a score and Jauque Kuykendall with 40 yards on eight carries.

The Mavericks (0-4) head to Jacksonville next Friday in search of their first win, while Whitehouse remains undefeated at 4-0 and will head to Carthage next Friday for a showdown with the Bulldogs.

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