JACKSONVILLE — The Peyton Kennedy Show came to the Historic Tomato Bowl on Friday night.
The Whitehouse running back carried 37 times for 238 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns to spur Whitehouse to a 25-13 win over the Indians.
Kennedy got his team on the scoreboard first by scoring on a 30-yard run in the first period. Quarterback Kaden Casey added the 2-point conversion run that gave the Wildcats an 8-0 lead.
Kennedy's second score was the last touchdown that was scored in the District 9-5A-II tilt. It came with 4:01 to go in the third quarter and was another 3-yard run.
Following the point after touchdown kick by Cooper Clemons, Whitehouse led, 25-13
Kennedy's final score answered a defensive touchdown by the Tribe that put Jacksonville back into the game.
Jesus Oliveros picked up a Whitehouse fumble and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown that at that time sliced the Wildcat lead to 18-13.
That was as close as the Indians had been to leading in the game since a 1-yard scoring burst by Aaron Richardson that made the score 8-6 in favor of the Wildcats with 7:29 to go in the first half.
Casey made a huge play on a fourth-and-1 from the Tribe 34-yard line by running the ball through the heart of the Indian defense for six points that extended Whitehouse's lead to 15-6 after the PAT from Clemons.
Clemons followed that up with a 27-yard field goal with 1:41 to go in the opening half.
Whitehouse took an 18-6 lead into the dressing room at the break.
Casey had eight carries for 48 yards and one touchdown for the Wildcats.
The Whitehouse defense kept the pressure on Tribe quarterback Patrick Clater, who was picked off three times in the second half.
For the game Clater went 10-25-3 for 139 yards. He entered the night averaging 160 yards passing per game.
Skyler Trevino, Jaden Brandon and Markus Warren had interceptions for the Wildcats.
Richardson was Jacksonville's leading rusher. He carried 12 times for 49 yards.
The Wildcats (3-2, 2-0) will return home to play Nacogdoches (2-3, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, while Jacksonville (1-4, 0-2) will journey to Longview to take on Pine Tree (3-2, 2-0) at the same time.