JACKSONVILLE -- For the second straight year, the winner between Whitehouse and Jacksonville wasn't decided until the final play.

And, just like last year -- and the last eight games -- Whitehouse won.

After missing a field goal at the end of regulation, Whitehouse responded and won in overtime on Patrick Mahomes’ fourth touchdown pass of the night, 42-35, over the Indians in a District 16-4A meeting at the Tomato Bowl.

In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville quarterback Carter McCown evened the score at 35-35 on a third-down pass to D.D. Franklin, who caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and took it 72 yards for the tying score.

Both teams had opportunities late in the fourth, but wound up in overtime.

After Jacksonville missed a field goal in overtime, Mahomes ended the game by connecting with Isaiah Burton for a diving-at-the-pylon touchdown from 24 yards out.

Mahomes ended the night 12 of 32 for 240 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

For Jacksonville, McCown threw for 342 yards, five interceptions and four scores on 24 of 47 passing. Franklin had 11 catches for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter, with Jacksonville scoring first with an 11-yard run from Stacy Cummings, which Whitehouse followed with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Dylan Cantrell. The Wildcats' extra point was blocked, however, for a 7-6 lead for Jacksonville.

Whitehouse took the lead on a 10-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a 2-yard touchdown run by Dominique Hollie for a 13-7 lead. On the next play from scrimmage, McCown threw an interception to Burton, who returned it 30 yards for a touchdown and a 20-7 lead for Whitehouse.

McCown bounced right back, though, on the next play after the kickoff, throwing a 75-yard touchdown to Franklin to cut the lead to 20-14.

Whitehouse answered with a six play, 65-yard drive for a touchdown, with Mahomes throwing a 9-yard score to Jake Parker.

Jacksonville’s next possession ended on another touchdown pass from McCown, this one to Darrell Minifee from 15 yards out for a 27-21 lead for Whitehouse.

Minifee made a big interception of Mahomes with less than two minutes to go in the half, and Jacksonville took back the lead with an 8-yard score from McCown to Franklin for a 28-27 halftime lead for Jacksonville.

Whitehouse took the lead in the third quarter on an awkward touchdown pass from Mahomes to Coleman Patterson, where Mahomes was being sacked and hurled the ball into the end zone to Patterson. Mahomes connected with Cantrell for the two-point conversion for a 35-28 lead.

Next week Whitehouse plays host to Nacogdoches, while Jacksonville plays at John Tyler.

Jacksonville quarterback Carter McCown looks for an open receiver against Whitehouse on Friday night. (Noreen Nartia, ETSN.fm)
Jacksonville quarterback Carter McCown looks for an open receiver against Whitehouse on Friday night. (Noreen Nartia, ETSN.fm)

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