Whitehouse is 3-0, has scored 54 points a game and has maintained a place near the top of the state rankings. But almost a month into the season, the Wildcats have yet to play before their home crowd.

That'll change Friday, when Class 4A fifth-ranked Whitehouse plays host to Marshall (0-3) in a non-district clash at Wildcat Stadium. But despite playing their first three games on the road, the Wildcats close out non-district at home and meet 3A top-ranked Carthage next week.

Whitehouse has followed the script so far this season, scoring blowout wins against Hallsville (58-28) and Sulphur Springs (61-22) while edging Chapel Hill (42-34 at TMF Rose Stadium). And along the way, the Wildcats have been almost unstoppable offensively and have been improved defensively.

The offense entered the week averaging 437 yards a game behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who's been one of the state's most prolific passers — as expected. The senior has completed 74 of 124 passes for 1,235 yards and 12 touchdowns — and is on pace to pass for about 4,000 yards during the regular season.

Senior receiver Coleman Patterson, who caught nine passes for more than 200 yards with three scores last week, leads the team with 21 catches for 382 yards and five TDs. Fellow seniors Jake Parker and Jaylon Dews are just behind with 18 catches for 330 yards and three TDs and 18 receptions for 212 yards and two TDs, respectively.

The running game, meanwhile, has been paced by senior Vincent Dunning's 36 carries for 226 yards and six touchdowns.

Whitehouse, which finished 10-2 last season, fell to fifth in this week's state poll after being tied for fourth last week. The Wildcats trail top-ranked Aledo (3-0), San Antonio Northside Brennan (3-0), Denton Guyer (2-1) and Humble Summer Creek (2-0).

The rest of the top 10 includes No. 6 Texas City (3-0), Cedar Park (2-1), Georgetown (3-0), Pearland Dawson (2-0) and Elgin (3-0).