PREVIEW: Lindale Eyes Three Straight With Whitehouse Upcoming
DISTRICT 9-5A Division II
Whitehouse Wildcats (5-1, 3-0)
Lindale Eagles (3-3, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Eagle Stadium, Lindale
- Whitehouse: Marcus Gold
- Lindale: Chris Cochran
- Whitehouse: def. Nacogdoches, 35-31
- Lindale: def. Hallsville, 42-28
- Whitehouse: vs. Pine Tree, Oct. 26
- Lindale: at Mount Pleasant, Oct. 26
Players to watch
- QB Flint Herrington, Sr., 6-0, 165 (104-of-172, 1,502 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs)
- LB Michael Raabe, Sr., 5-11, 210 (54 tackles, 6 for loss, 2.5 sacks, QB hurry, 2 INTs)
- WR Kendrion Johnson, Sr., 6-3, 195 (32 catches, 640 yards, 8 TDs)
- RB/LB Peyton Kennedy, Jr., 5-11, 190 (9 carries, 82 yards, 5 TDs; 46 tackles, 4 for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 QB hurry, 1 INT)
- RB Jaden Haskins, Sr., 5-7, 155 (67 carries, 409 yards, 3 TDs; 6 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD)
- WR Cameron Cantrell, Sr., 6-1, 175 (16 catches, 283 yards, 3 TDs; 9 carries, 58 yards, 2 TDs; committed to Texas Tech)
- DB Chaez Spurlock, Sr., 5-10, 180 (37 tackles, 1 for loss, 0.5 sacks, 3 PBUs)
- WR Kendahl Fry, Sr., 5-8, 170 (38 catches, 347 yards, 3 TDs)
- DL Darius Trimble, Sr., 5-11, 250 (53 tackles, 7 for loss, 3.5 sacks, 3 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble)
- QB Dillon Heinaman, Sr., 6-1, 230 (120-of-177, 1,476 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs)
- WR Brennan Moore, Sr., 6-0, 150 (24 catches, 355 yards, 3 TDs)
- RB Jordan Jenkins, Soph., 6-2, 195 (140 caries, 861 yards, 11 TDs)
- WR Conner Boyette, Jr., 5-9, 150 (38 catches, 358 yards, 3 TDs)
- DB Jaron Covey, Sr., 6-0, 165 (31 tackles, 1 INT)
- LB Kolton Primeaux, Jr., 6-0, 180 (35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 PBUs)
- DB Walker Oglesby, Jr., 6-0, 160 (17 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 6 PBUs)
- WR Colton Brown, Sr., 6-1, 180 (22 catches, 234 yards, 3 TDs)
- DL Jaymond Jackson, So., 6-2, 196 (21 tackles, 3 sacks)
Just the facts
- Since 1964, this is the 40th meeting between Whitehouse and Lindale. The Eagles hold a 20-19 lead in the series.
- Whitehouse averages 371.1 yards per game (253 passing and 118.7 rushing).
- Wildcat receiver Kendrion Johnson is averaging 20 yards per reception. He the team leader in receiving yards and touchdowns and second in receptions.
- Whitehouse is averaging 3.5 sacks per game.
- Lindale is avergaing 32.8 points per game and giving up 39.
- Eagle quarterback Dillon Heinaman has a completion percentage of 68 percent and a touchdown to interception ratio of 7:2.
- Lindale's three losses have a combined record of 12-5, it's three wins have a combined record of 6-12.
Key matchup: The Whitehouse defense against the Lindale offense. Whitehouse's defense has faced a few tests this season. Most recently, Nacogdoches gave the Wildcats a scare when Tarrance Swindle ran for 156 yards. Despite being down most of the game, Whitehouse scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and shock the Dragons.
The Whitehouse defense will hope for a better start against a potent Lindale offense. Jordan Jenkins rushed for 243 yards against Hallsville last week, while quarterback Dillon Heinaman is among the top 10 in passing yards in the area. The Eagles are coming off back-to-back 40-plus performances and seem the have found a rhythm at the right time.
Linebackers Michael Raabe and Peyton Kennedy will look to create issues for the offense. They have combined for six sacks and three interceptions. With so many weapons, it will be a challenge, but if Whitehouse can keep the Lindale offense mostly at by a it could be looking at a 4-0 start to district.
Don't be surprised if: Cameron Cantrell has a big game. He had been due one this season after missing two with an injury. He got it against Nacogdoches, coming away with 141 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Texas Tech commit has playmaking ability and speed that allowed the Wildcats to occasionally use him in the running game. If his last game is any indication, Cantrell is fully healthy and ready to join Kendrion Johnson and Kendahl Fry to form a receiving corps bested by perhaps only Marshall for best in the district. With so many targets, it's hard to expect huge numbers from Cantrell in every game, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him follow his big performance with a few more.