WHITEHOUSE — This week promises to deliver plenty of memories for the Mahomes family.
That’s typically the case when Whitehouse meets Lindale in sports, something Patrick Mahomes has found out.
When the Wildcats play host to the Eagles on Friday night, Mahomes will be playing his first district game as a starting quarterback. And the Eagles being the opponent is fitting perhaps, considering his dad once enjoyed all-state success as Lindale’s quarterback.
“I strive on beating Lindale,” Mahomes said. “I try to beat them at everything I do.”
A longtime major league pitcher, Pat Mahomes earned all-state honors as a senior at Lindale before deciding to approach a career in baseball. His football talents were enough to take to the college ranks, but the lure of America’s Pastime won out.
Having spent 11 years in the majors, Pat is once again living in Lindale and these days bleeds maroon and white — Whitehouse’s team colors. And to save face among Lindale locals, Pat always requests that Patrick give his all when his adopted team plays his former one.
And around here, no stage is bigger than the one Patrick will be performing on Friday night when the Wildcats (5-0) tangle with the Eagles (1-4) in a District 16-4A opener — under the Friday night lights.
“(My family) has been talking about it all week,” said Patrick, whose cousin T.J. Griffin plays cornerback for Lindale. “If I don’t beat them, then for the whole year they will taunt me…(My dad) says I can’t lose to Lindale because he said ‘I’m not going to be able to go anywhere in Lindale if ya’ll lose.’”
No doubt, Patrick will help give the Wildcats a good shot at improving to 6-0 for only the second time in program history.
Having never been a starting quarterback at any level before this season, Patrick has burst onto the scene and is putting up all-state caliber numbers himself. Having split time with fellow junior Ryan Cheatham the first two weeks, Patrick took over the position full-time with an inspiring performance against Sulphur Springs in the third game.
In Whitehouse’s 38-33 win that night, Mahomes accounted for 508 of the Wildcats’ 591 total yards while finishing with four total scores. He passed for 403 yards and rushed for another 105 in his first full game behind center.
“I didn’t know I was going to play the full game,” Patrick said. “It was exciting. I was kind of nervous when it got close there at the end. I was excited to get the win for the team. People were congratulating me throughout the week.”
On the season, Patrick has completed 97 of 163 passes for 1,493 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions, plus is second on the team in rushing with 39 carries for 167 yards and five scores. And with more than limited action in the first two games, his stats could be even more impressive.
“I feel like I’m playing pretty good,” Patrick said. “I’m just trying to keep the offense going and follow in the tradition of Whitehouse quarterbacks. It’s kind of surprising getting all those yards. At the beginning of the year I wasn’t really realizing how many yards I was getting until the end of the game.”
That’s something Patrick has been looking forward to since his peewee football days, which lasted only four weeks because the Hurricanes wouldn’t let him play quarterback. And for the first time in his life, he’s been given the chance to show his value when it comes to piloting the offense.
“I wanted all my life to play quarterback,” Patrick said. “Since pewee I wanted to play quarterback, but I didn’t get to. …My dad kid of helps me trying to improve; basically, my motive is to beat everything he did. He works with me in every sport, and my mom gives me a lot of support.”
Lindale at Whitehouse
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse.
Records: Lindale 1-4; Whitehouse 5-0.
Last week’s results: Lindale, open; Whitehouse, open.
2011 result: Did not play.
He said it: “We better prepared one game at a time; when you start district against the teams were are about to play. I promise you Lindale get after us.”
Next up: John Tyler at Lindale, Friday, Oct. 19; Whitehouse at Jacksonville, Friday, Oct. 19.