By Mike Phillips
Special to the Daily Sun
That wasn’t lightning that struck Corsicana Friday night, just Whitehouse.
As if anyone who follows Texas high school football can say JUST Whitehouse.
These Wildcats might just be the best Class 4A team in the Lone Star.
They looked like it Friday night at Tiger Stadium, where they made quick work of the Tigers in a 45-14 rout that came complete with some bench-emptying and a running clock in the fourth quarter.
The rest of the teams in 4A might not have anywhere to run in a couple of weeks when the playoffs begin and Whitehouse starts getting serious.
It doesn’t take Whitehouse long to score.
Nope, not at all.
Those Wildcats know how to zip in and out of their no-huddle offense like no one in Texas, and they zip down the field just about as fast .
They left Corsicana wondering where the season went with a one-sided win that included a 68-yard punt return and a blocked punt and 23-yard return for touchdowns.
Patrick Mahomes did the rest.
He came into the game with more than 2,600 yards in the air this season, and left after the third quarter. It was all but over by then, and they let the clock run.
Mahomes finished the night, completing 20 of 25 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a 31-yard TD in the third (guess his arm was tired) and rushed for 47 yards on three carries, all in the third. He also had a 62-yard punt (no kidding) on a quick kick.
He’s on his way to Texas Tech, but he’ll make a run in the playoffs before he heads to Lubbock.
The Wildcats are ranked third in the Class 4A state poll, but no one who votes in that poll has to defend against Mahomes and his army of receivers. He completed passes to six different receivers on Friday, and three of them caught touchdown passes.
Drew Smith caught the first one — a 10-yarder. Then Shemar Smith caught the next one — an 11-yard toss on a drive in which Mahomes completed four in a row for 52 yards in about 40 seconds.
Those Wildcats are pretty quick.
Mahomes’ final TD pass came with 4:12 left in the half — a beauty of a throw to Jaylon Dews, who hauled in the 24-yarder in the end zone.
Whitehouse is now 9-0 and 4-0 in District 16-4A with a title-deciding game next week against Tyler John Tyler next week. It should be fun. Tyler has not lost a game since dropping from Class 5A to 4A and takes 22-game streak into that game.
Whitehouse will take the best defense Corsicana has seen since losing to Class 5A Denton Ryan on opening night into the season finale.
As good as that Whitehouse D is, the Wildcats couldn’t stop Corsicana quarterback Devontay Bell, who ran for 185 yards on 25 carries. He ignited the Tigers early with a 52-yard keeper to the Whitehouse 15. Cana drove to the half-yard line, and then lost a fumble.
Last week they drove to the 2-yard line at Lindale on their opening drive before being held on downs.
It’s been that kind of would-have-could-have-should-have season for Corsicana, which can do no better than go 2-7 this year. The last time Corsicana ended a season with two wins was 1978.
Friday’s loss combined with Lindale’s win over Jacksonville officially knocked the Tigers (1-7, 0-4) out of the playoff picture. They slipped in last year with four wins (three in district), but this year they just seemed to slip on opportunities.
They lost sophomore sensation Tray Owens, who had gained 823 yards in two games before he injured an ankle on the second play against Tyler in the district opener.
They never could get a break.
Corsicana’s offense was unstoppable at times this season, but there were too many big plays that went the other way.
Two shake-your-head moments showed up Friday when Jake Parker returned Corsicana’s first punt 68 yards for a 7-0 lead, less than three minutes after the game started, and then there was Kostin Wallace’s blocked punt that Reggie Long picked up and raced 23 yards dragging Tigers with him into the end zone to lift 35-7 lead with 2:19 left in the half.
If you are looking for some bright spots for the Tigers, look at freshman Victor Wilkerson, who made his debut and scored a TD the third time he touched the ball — an 18-yarder that cut the lead to 14-7 with 11:07 left in the half.
LaKeem Christmas scored Corsicana’s other TD on a 57-yard run with 7:17 left in the game.
That ended the scoring for the night and two teams heading in opposite directions left the field.
Whitehouse 14 21 7 3 --- 45
Corsicana 0 7 0 7 --- 14
W - Jake Parker 68 punt return (Travis Blackburn kick) 9:15
W -- Drew Smith 10 pass from Patrick Mahomes (Colby Crim kick) 0:52
C -- Victor Wilkerson 18 run (Ryan Condly kick) 11:07
W -- Shemar Smith 11 pass from Mahomes (Crim kick) 10:00
W -- Jaylon Dew 24 pass from Mahomes (Crim kick) 4:12
W -- Reggie Long returns blocked punt 23 yards (Blackburn kick) 2:19
W -- Mahomes 31 run (Crim kick) 9:38
W -- 32 FG Blackburn 8:15
C -- Lakeem Christmas 57 run (Condley kick) 7:17
FD 21 13
Rush-yards 20-136 50-329
Passing-yards 328 (-6)
C-A-I 25-33-0 2-6-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Punts-avg. 2-53 36
Penalties-yards 3-40 0
Rushing -- W: Patrick Mahomes 3-47,
Dominique Hollie 5-41,C: Donavan Fields 14-34, Devontay Bell 25-185, Victor Wilkerson 6-51, Lakeem Christmas 1-57, Caleb Bryant 3-10.
Passing -- W: Mahomes 20-25-274, Jackson Allen 5-8-44. C: Bell 1-5- (-4), Keyshawn Kelly 1-1- (-2)
Receiving -- W: Ryan Cheatham 5-74, Drew Smith 4-55, Jake Parker 3-51, Shemar Smith 3-43, Jaylon Dews 2-12. C: Ty Shefield 1- (-4), Bell 1- (-2).