LONGVIEW — Whitehouse quarterback Hunter Taylor and receiver Dylan Cantrell were unstoppable Friday night at Pirate Stadium.
Taylor passed for nine touchdowns, including six to Cantrell as both standouts tied state records in the Wildcats’ 70-48 shootout win over Pine Tree in District 14-4A action.
Taylor tied the record set just last week by Fort Worth Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris.
Taylor completed 27 of 52 passes for a mind-boggling 539 yards. Cantrell finished with eight catches for 158 yards. Teammate Jonathan Aldridge had a game-high 11 receptions for 175 yards and two scores. The other touchdown went to reserve wideout Taylor Graham.
The game turned on a critical Pirate defensive lapse in the third quarter in a game that Pine Tree had led.
After falling behind 42-35 early in the second half, the Pirates were flagged for roughing the passer on third-and-10 to extend a drive. The end result was a rare scoring run by the Wildcats as Roy Lee White cashed in from 3 yards out with 8:49 left in the third quarter.
From that point on, Pine Tree found itself playing catchup from a two-score deficit. The Pirates, as they did all evening, fought hard only to have victory elude them for the eighth consecutive game.
It was fireworks right from the start as the Pirates’ Xavier McCoo took the game’s opening kickoff 92 yards for a score. Undaunted by the quick strike, the Wildcats answered when Taylor and Cantrell teamed up on a 55-yard score.
Matt Cox brought the home side to its feet when he skated 58 yards to pay dirt following the change of possession. The three-play, 62-yard drive gave the Pirates a 14-7 lead with 9:57 showing in the opening frame.
The Pirates eventually grabbed a 28-14 lead when Jake Oden capped a 12-play drive from a yard out and the defense turned away the Wildcats on downs. McCoo bolted 55 yards to the flag at 1:06 of the quarter.
Cox and McCoo were stars for the blue and gold. The senior tandem finished with 152 and 150 yards, respectively.