Whitehouse Tops Sulphur Springs in Offensive Shootout
[By Nathan Wright, Special to ETSN.fm]
WHITEHOUSE – Quarterback Jackson Allen passed for 335 yards and five touchdowns to lead Whitehouse to a 56-35 victory against Sulphur Springs at Wildcat Stadium.
It was the fourth straight victory for Whitehouse in the series between the two teams. The winning side improved to 3-0 this season. Sulphur Springs dropped to 1-2.
Sulphur Springs had a lead in the second quarter yet trailed at halftime. It pulled back within a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Whitehouse was able to score twice in the final minutes to secure the victory and remain undefeated.
The game was a shootout from the opening minutes.
Whitehouse struck first on its second possession of the game. Eric Munoz hauled in a 31-yard fade in the end left corner of the end zone from Allen for a 7-0 lead after the PAT.
After the teams traded punts, Sulphur Springs answered to tie the game. Tyler Rosamond ran it in from 11 yards out and the PAT knotted the score at 7-7 with 4:53 left in the first quarter.
Following a Whitehouse punt, Sulphur Springs took its first and only lead of the game. With 2:02 remaining in the first quarter, quarterback Larry Pryor ran in from nine yards out for a 14-7 score.
Pryor did all he could in leading the Sulphur Springs offense. He passed for 152 yards and rushed another 162, but he threw three interceptions that led to Whitehouse touchdowns.
Whitehouse began to dominate on both sides of the ball in the second quarter.
Just six seconds into the period, Drew Smith caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Allen to tie the game. After a punt by Sulphur Springs, Allen found Trent Williams for an 11-yard touchdown to give Whitehouse a 21-14 lead.
Whitehouse added to its advantage following an interception from Pryor. Smith caught his second touchdown pass of the game, a 24-yarder from Allen to make it 28-14.
The teams traded touchdowns to begin the second half. LaPryor scored on a 1-yard run to pull Sulphur Springs within eight points at 28-20 after a failed two-point conversion. But Whitehouse answered with a 28-yard pass from Allen to Smith to go ahead 35-20.
The reception was Smith’s third score of the game.
Sulphur Springs scored again on a 5-yard run by Rosamond and trailed by only seven after a two-point conversion, 35-28, with 5:22 to go in the third quarter.
Whitehouse answered right back. Dominique Hollie ran it in from 9 yards out to make it 42-28 late in the frame.
Rosamond led the Sulphur Springs running attack with 124 yards on 23 carries, but was injured and taken from the field in an ambulance with 10:46 remaining in the contest.
Sulphur Springs got within a touchdown, 42-35, with 2:03 left in the game on a 5-yard run by Pryor. But Whitehouse scored on a pair of one-play drives following a recovered onside kick and then a fumble recovery in the final 1:48 to account for the final margin.
Both teams are idle next week and begin district play Sept. 26.