WHITEHOUSE — Sulphur Springs and Whitehouse is always a shootout, and this year’s version was not a disappointment, with Sulphur Springs prevailing 70-49.
Whitehouse’s defense bowed up on Sulphur Springs’ first possession of the game, stopping the drive with one of three interceptions in the first half. With stats like that one would assume dominance, but not so fast my friend.
On 10 first-half possessions Sulphur Springs scored touchdowns on six of them with three possessions ending in interceptions and one ending on a fumble.
The story was very similar for the Wildcats from Whitehouse in the first half, scoring four touchdowns on nine first-half possessions, mixing in an interception and three turnover-on-downs.
On the first play of the second quarter Whitehouse quarterback Hunter Taylor connected on a 31 yard pass to Dylan Cantrell and with that exact yardage Taylor’s passing yardage totaled up to 1,000 yards -- in the third game of the season.
Whitehouse began the second half down 41-28, but looked quickly to close that gap.
Taylor capped an 8-play 68 yard drive on a three-yard pass to Justin Bloom to make the score 41-35.
The Whitehouse defense then did what it had not been able to do all night previously, force a Sulphur Springs punt.
Whitehouse started this time on its own 20 yard line. Again, eight plays later, Taylor found receiver Jonathan Aldridge for the one-yard score to close the gap and actually take the lead 42-41.
Sulphur Springs however, awakened after the failed drive and used their quick-strike offense as Justin Owens connected with Cody Clayton for 22 yards to recapture the lead 49-42.
Sulphur Springs (2-1) offense went on to tack on three additional touchdowns and stretch the lead out to 70-42.
Whitehouse (0-3) closed the gap with one more touchdown to finish the game at 70-49.
Taylor finished with 358 yards passing with five touchdowns and two interceptions on 31 of 54 completions. He found Cantrell 10 times for 161 yards and Aldridge eight times for 115 yards and three touchdowns.
Owens was 21 of 30 passing, but with four interceptions, for 313 yards and five touchdowns. Smith picked up 163 yards on the ground and Ivery had seven catches for 176 yards.
Sulphur Springs hosts Paris next Friday, Whitehouse has a bye week and then travels to Jacksonville to begin district play on September 23.