There was a House upon the Hill on Thursday.

Whitehouse used a dominant second half en route to a 51-21 victory 0ver Lake Tyler rival Chapel Hill in the first game of the 12th annual Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic on Earl Campbell Field at TMF Rose Stadium.

Robert E. Lee meets Lufkin on Friday, while John Tyler takes on Longview on Saturday in the other two Classic games.

For the 13th time in the last 15 meetings, the Wildcats were on the winning side. Chapel Hill still leads the series 14-13-1.

The Wildcats (1-1), after trailing 21-14 at halftime, outscored the Bulldogs 37-0 in the second half. Whitehouse visits Sulphur Springs in its next outing Sept. 12. Chapel Hill (0-2) visits Paris the same night.

Senior quarterback Collin Bullard directed a very effective Wildcat attack after an even first half.

Bullard hit on 22 of 31 pass attempts for 371 yards and three touchdown passes. He threw TD passes of 19 to Seth Dolan, 10 to Ashton Melton and 18 to Isaac Little. Patrick Miner connected with Isiah Clark for a TD.

Braylon Shackelford scored the other two Wildcat TDs on runs of 2 and 1 yards. The Wildcats also had a safety.

Chapel Hill looked great in the first half as Tanner Heckel threw TD passes three TD passes - 19 to DeUndre Phillips, 65 to Kenyotta Henderson and 11 to Zack Walters.

However, the Whitehouse defense, paced by linebackers Shackelford and Khyree Key and their teammates, pitched a shutout in the second half.

Melton had six catches for 93 yards, which Zach Parker had five catches for 76 yards, while Shemar Smith had five receptions for 113 yards.

Adrian Miner led the Bulldogs in rushing with 17 carries for 87 yards. QB Heckel hit on 9 of 22 for 142 yards. Zach Walters had three catches for 24 yards.

Zi Coffer had an interception for the Wildcats, while Austin Railsback recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs.

Whitehouse used three quarterbacks, 10 receivers and eight running backs.


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