In his second game back in action after suffering a turf toe, Whitehouse running back Peyton Kennedy made his presence felt in the Wildcats’ 25-13 win over Jacksonville on Friday night at the Historic Tomato Bowl.

The 6-1 senior Kennedy rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries. He scored on runs of 4 and 3 yards, the first and last TDs of the game held in Jacksonville.

For his efforts, Kennedy was named the UT Health East Texas Offensive Player of the Week for the sixth week of the high school football season.

He will be featured on a poster, sponsored by UT Health East Texas, in Friday’s The Zone special section of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

He follows Sabine senior running back BJ Stidham (Week 1), Big Sandy senior quarterback Caden Minter (Week 2), Bullard Brook Hill senior quarterback Garrett Esposito (Week 3), Chapel Hill quarterback Kobe Coker (Week 4) and Grace Community running back Jeremiah Milton (Week 5) in garnering the award.

On the season, Kennedy has rushed for 374 yards and four TDs on 54 carries.

The Wildcats are 3-2 overall and 2-0 in District 9-5A Division I. They are tied with Marshall for the league lead.

Fans can see Kennedy and the Wildcats in action on Friday when Nacogdoches (1-4, 1-1) visits Whitehouse for a 7:30 p.m. kick at Wildcat Stadium.

To nominate someone for the UT Health East Texas Offensive Player of the Week, email sports@tylerpaper.com by 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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