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Whitehouse Seeks To Match School Record For Longest Playoff Run + Set Mark For Single-Season Wins

Whitehouse receiver Dylan Cantrell runs after making a catch in the third quarter of the Wildcats’ 29-27 win at Carthage on Sept. 28. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)

Class 4A Division II Region II
Area Playoff

Whitehouse Wildcats (10-1)
vs.
Wylie East Raiders (8-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Homer B. Johnson Stadium, Garland

Coaches
Wylie East: Joe Lepsis
Whitehouse: Randy McFarlin

Next week: Winner plays Mesquite Poteet or Dallas Lincoln in a 4A Division II Region II semifinal.

Playmakers

Whitehouse

  • QB Patrick Mahomes, Jr., 6-3, 180 (216 of 380, 3,389 yards, 41 TDs, 9 INTs)
  • WR Dylan Cantrell, Sr., 6-2, 202 (61 catches, 1,244 yards, 14 TDs)
  • WR Jake Parker, Jr. (60 catches, 837 yards, 7 TDs)
  • WR Jaylon Dews, Jr. (35 catches, 532 yards, 8 TDs)
  • WR Coleman Patterson, Jr. (44 catches, 735 yards, 9 TDs)
  • RB Vincent Dunning, Jr. (41 carries, 298 yards, 2 TDs; 9 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD)
  • FS Justin Dunning, Soph., 6-3, 185 (5 INTs)

 

Wylie East

  • QB Garrett McCain, Jr. (176 of 311, 2,930 yards, 40 TDs, 3 INTs; 141 carries, 682 yards, 2 TDs)
  • RB Jabari Anderson, Sr. (217 carries, 1,594 yards, 15 TDs; 15 catches, 124 yards, 1 TD)
  • WR Marcell Ateman, Sr. (71 catches, 1,369 yards, 22 TDs)
  • WR Quan Jones, Sr. (48 catches, 927 yards, 12 TDs)
  • WR Jesse Brubaker, Sr. (32 catches, 405 yards, 2 TDs)

 

Just the facts

  • Whitehouse scored 42 points last week, marking the eighth time in nine games the Wildcats have eclipsed the 40-point barrier.
  • With another win, the Wildcats will set a new school record with 11 wins in a season. A victory would also get Whitehouse to the third round of the playoffs for only the second time in program history.
  • Last week, Whitehouse junior running back Vincent Dunning became the first Wildcats RB to rush for more than 100 yards in a game all season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes went for 105 earlier in the season.
  • Whitehouse put up 471 yards of offense last week against Ennis after averaging 463.2 during the regular season.
  • Wylie East possesses one of the most explosive offenses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Raiders are averaging 44.3 points and 505.7 yards per game.
  • This is just the third year for the Wylie East program. The Raiders were 2-8 in 2010 and 8-3 last season.

 

 

Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

 

Whitehouse SS Colby Campbell. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Key matchup: Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes vs. Wylie East quarterback Garrett McCain. Ordinarily a key matchup involves units that face off head-to-head on the field, but these two quarterbacks are so good that whichever one plays the best should have a big say in the outcome. Mahomes has thrown for more yards and touchdowns than McCain, but not by much. The biggest difference between the two signal callers is that McCain is relied upon to run the football on a more consistent basis. McCain, in addition to his gaudy passing numbers, has rushed for more than 600 yards on the season. In last week’s win over Sulphur Springs, he completed 20 of 24 passes for 384 yards and seven touchdowns. He also added 64 yards and a TD on the ground as well. Both teams have ample weapons at their disposal in regards to receivers. McCain has a couple of 6-5 targets — Marcell Ateman and Quan Jones — who have combined for 36 touchdown receptions. Whitehouse gets it done with a deep foursome that includes senior Texas Tech commit Dylan Cantrell and juniors Jake Parker, Coleman Patterson and Jaylon Dews. Together they account for more than 85 percent of the passing offense.

Don’t be surprised if: Old-school fans of defense turn away in disgust. These two teams can score with the best of them, which could turn Friday night’s matchup into a marathon affair. Whitehouse shouldn’t have any trouble keeping up with Wylie East, which defense gives up 32.3 points per game. The Wildcats, meanwhile, have given up 77 points in their last two games.

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