Tanner Roach + Whitehouse Cruise Past Lindale and Into the Class 5A Playoffs After Two-Year Absence
[By Larry Krantz, Special to ETSN.fm]
LINDALE -- Tanner Roach came off the bench to throw two second-half touchdowns that propelled Whitehouse past Lindale, 28-17, on Friday in the regular-season finale at Eagle Stadium and put Whitehouse back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Roach, who has shared time under center with Jake Clemons on and off this season, threw touchdowns to Zach Parker and Isaac Little on back-to-back drives as part of three-straight scoring drives to open the second half.
Roach who had been plagued by interceptions early in district play, took over for Clemons late in the second quarter and finished 15-for-18 for 195 yards and two touchdowns and added another 55 rushing yards.
Parker, who caught a season-high 10 passes in last week’s loss to Corsicana, hauled in seven passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Braylon Shackleford added 30 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Whitehouse (6-4 overall, 2-3 in District 17-5A) outrushed Lindale 147-112, marking the first time Whitehouse out-rushed an opponent this season and only the third time the team amassed at least 100 rushing yards.
Lindale quarterback Montana Meador ran for two touchdowns and passed for another 161 yards in the loss. Meador also completed 11 of 22 passes for 161 yards. Running back Jordan Robinson added another 53 yards on 10 carries.
The Eagles finished the season 2-8 overall and 1-4 in district.