WHITEHOUSE — Whitehouse scored early but not late as Ennis held off the Wildcats 29-14 in a District 16-5A football Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Ennis improves to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in league play, while Whitehouse lost its third straight game to fall to 3-3 and 0-3.
The Lions gained 402 yards of total offense to Whitehouse 282 in the game and pitched a shutout in the second half after giving up 14 points in the first half.
Lions QB Devin Smith rushed for 66 yards and completed 10 of 20 pass attempts for 111 yards. He accounted two rushing scores (20, 7) and passed for a TD (5 yards to Taylor Thompson). Thompson also scored on a 5-yard run.
QB Jackson Allen fought hard in the contest for Whitehouse, the senior QB passed for 246 yards and tossed TDs passes to Drew Smith (22 yards) and Eric Munoz (20 yards).
Drew Smith snagged seven catches for 78 yards, while Trent Williams had four receptions for 64 yards.
Vincent Dunning led the Wildcats on the ground with 41 yards on 14 attempts.
The ground game for the Lions was outstanding as they had two rushers top the century mark — Thompson (20-102) and Tre Elliott (14-111).
The game was tight midway through the second quarter when Whitehouse trailed 15-14 but on the drive the Wildcats committed two personal foul penalties that kept the drive alive.
“Penalties really hurt us tonight we just made too many mistakes,” Wildcats head coach Adam Cook said. “
Whitehouse committed nine penalties for 78 yards but none were more devastating than those two that kept the drive alive for the Lions.