MARSHALL — Hunter Taylor tossed five touchdown passes in leading the Whitehouse Wildcats to a 49-24 win over the Marshall Mavericks on Friday at Maverick Stadium.
Taylor, fresh off last week’s state-record, nine-touchdown performance against Pine Tree, threw for 409 yards against the Mavs. Taylor was 23 of 38 passing.
Dylan Cantrell caught eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, Justin Bloom had six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown while Jonathan Aldridge added four receptions for 80 yards and two scores for Whitehouse (5-4, 5-1).
Whitehouse has clinched the second spot in Division I and will most likely face Sherman in the playoffs.
Marshall needed a stop on the Wildcats’ opening possession of the third quarter, but the high-octane attack was too tough to stop. Passes of 15 yards to Aldridge and Cantrell set up Zen’Derrion Haskins’ 9-yard touchdown run for a 35-17 lead 1:14 into the second half.
The Mavericks (2-7, 1-5) responded with nine-play scoring drive which consisted of 38 and 14-yard runs by Tutt and ended with his 1-yard dive into the end zone to pull Marshall within 11.
It wouldn’t get any closer, as Taylor needed only four passes to get the Wildcats back on the scoreboard, including his final two to Bloom from 44 and seven yards out.