PREVIEW: Whitehouse Faces Tough Task Against A&M Consolidated
CLASS 5A DIVISION II
Region III Bi-District Playoff
Whitehouse Wildcats (7-3)
A&M Consolidated Tigers (9-1)
7 p.m. Friday
Tiger Stadium, College Station
- Whitehouse: Marcus Gold
- A&M Consolidated: Lee Fedora
- Whitehouse: def. Hallsville, 35-28
- A&M Consolidated: def. Cleveland, 77-7
- Winner vs. Santa Fe or Fort Bend Marshall, Class 5A Division II area playoff
Players to watch
- WR Cameron Cantrell, Sr., 6-1, 175 (30 catches, 497 yards, 6 TDs; 21 carries, 125 yards, 3 TDs; committed to Texas Tech)
- WR Kendrion Johnson, Sr., 6-3, 195 (51 catches, 965 yards, 11 TDs)
- WR Kendahl Fry, Sr., 5-8, 170 (60 catches, 560 yards, 4 TDs)
- LB Michael Raabe, Sr., 5-11, 210 (92 tackles, 10 for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 QB pressures, 2 INTs)
- QB Flint Herrington, Sr., 6-0, 165 (188-of-296, 2,549 yards, 25 TDs, 9 INTs; 52 carries, 91 yards, 2 TDs)
- DB Chaez Spurlock, Sr., 5-10, 185 (70 tackles, 4 for loss, 1.5 sacks, 5 PBUs, 1 forced fumble)
- DL Darius Trimble, Sr., 5-11, 250 (68 tackles, 9 for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble)
- DE Ty Ward, Jr., 5-9, 175 (34 tackles, 9 for loss, 5 sacks, 8 QB pressures, 3 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles)
- QB Caden Fedora, Sr. (105-of-180, 1,872 yards, 24 TDs, 4 INTs; 43 carries, 156 yards, 3 TDs)
- DL Josh Ellison, Sr., 6-3, 300 (57 takles, 9 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 blocked punt)
- RB Julius Howard, Sr. (48 carries, 679 yards, 7 TDs; 2 catches, 50 yards, TD)
- DB Bryce Linder, Jr., 6-0, 175 (36 tackles, 4 INTs)
- WR Devin Price, Jr., 6-3, 175 (28 catches, 569 yards, 9 TDs)
Just the facts
- Whitehouse and A&M Consolidated met in the playoffs last season as well, with the Tigers winning, 35-7.
- A&M Consolidated is averaging 304.6 yards per game (173.9 passing and 130.7 rushing.
- Tiger running back Julius Howard in averaging 14.1 yards per carry and has 679 yards in just six games this season.
- A&M Consolidated receiver Devin Price has caught six touchdowns in the past four games.
- Whitehouse is averaging 383 yards per game (254.9 passing and 128.1 rushing).
- The Wildcats have not made it past the first round of the playoffs since 2013.
- Whitehouse quarterback Flint Herrington is second in East Texas with 2,549 yards passing.
Key matchup: Whitehouse secondary against the A&M Consolidated passing attack. The Wildcats have struggled against prolific passing attacks this season. Tiger quarterback Caden Fedora is nearing 2,000 yards passing and has a few solid weapons, including Devin Price. At 6-foot-3, Price's size creates problems for defensive backs and he is more likely to catch passes that may seem out of reach at first. Chaez Spurlock has been a leader in the Whitehouse secondary this season and the Wildcats will look to him to carry the secondary again. Linebacker Michael Raabe could also play a big role. Whatever the case, Whitehouse needs its defense to return to its early season form if it hopes to have a chance at slowing this Tiger offense.
Don't be surprised if: Whitehouse passes a lot. Whitehouse has tended to lean of its passing game of late. With receivers such as Kendrion Johnson (965 yards), Cameron Cantrell (Texas Tech commit) and Kendahl Fry (60 receptions), it's hard to blame the Wildcats. Flint Herrington ranks second in passing yards in East Texas. The passing game has been there for Whitehouse most games this season. Look for much of the same as the postseason begins.