Jacksonville Daily Progress
Jacksonville started off strong and finished strong in its District 16-4A encounter with Whitehouse at Wildcat Stadium Friday evening.
Unfortunately for Indian fans what happened in between those two points was that the No. 3-ranked Wildcats exploding to score 10 touchdowns and 56-straight points to post a convincing, 70-21, win over the Tribe.
Whitehouse's senior-laden squad — the 'Cats dressed out three dozen seniors — ran its docket to 7-0, 2-0 in District 16-4A, while the Indians fell to 0-7, 0-2.
Braylon Parish intercepted Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes to snuff out the Wildcats' opening drive.
Eight plays later Carter McCown rifled a scoring strike into Claude Franklin from 12 yards out that gave Jacksonville an early 7-0 lead, following Ryan Travis' PAT.
Whitehouse quickly knotted things up when Vincent Dunning steamrolled his way through the Tribe defense to score on the opening play of the Wildcats' ensuing drive from 55 yards out.
The game turned in favor of the Wildcats at the 1:41 mark of the opening half when a controversial call by an official took all of the wind out of the Indians' sail on an evening that started out favorably for the Tribesmen.
That's when McCown dropped back to punt on a fourth and 14 from the Whitehouse 45-yard line.
Instead of punting McCown fired a pass to Tony Lane who had line up as a receiver near the Indian sideline.
Lane made his way to the Wildcat 11-yard line before being tackled and that's when a dubious call by the officiating crew proved to be a back breaker for Jacksonville.
After huddling up an official supposedly changed his mind on whether or not Lane had come into the game as a substitution.
An illegal substitution infraction against the Indians resulted in the play being brought back, even though Lane never left the field from the previous play, which was confirmed at halftime by Tribe defensive coordinator Mike Waldie.
From that point the Wildcats scored 56-straight points to run away with the game.
Whitehouse led comfortably, 35-7, at halftime and stretched their margin to 56-7 with 2:45 to go in the third stanza.
Jacksonville's remaining touchdowns came on short runs by McCown, one in each of the final two periods,with Travis tacking on the PAT on each occasion.
Jacksonville had 370 yards of total offense, despite missing out on a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half.
However, the Wildcats offense punished the youthful Tribe defenders by rolling up 754 total yards, which were highlighted by 401 yards of rushing.
McCown finished up 16-31-2 for 194 yards via the air with Lane leading Jacksonville in receiving (6-107).
Mahomes went 15-23-2 for 346 yards and two scoring strikes.
Whitehouse came into the game averaging 588 yards a game in total offense.
Stacy Cummings also had an interception for Jacksonville, which came in the second period.
Jacksonville 7 0 7 7 — 21
Whitehouse 7 28 21 14 — 70
J-Claude Franklin 12 pass from Carter McCown (Ryan Travis kick),6:53
W-Vincent Dunning 55 run (Travis Blackburn kick), 6:27
W-Patrick Mahomes 3 run (Colby Crim kick), 11:25
W-Ryan Cheatham 23 pass from Mahomes (Blackburn kick), 7:04
W- Dominique Hollie 4 run (Crim kick),4:18
W- Jaylon Dews 7 pass from Mahomes (Crim kick), 1:18
W-Shemar Smith 33 run (Crim kick), 9:35
W-Mahomes 40 run (Crim kick), 5:59
W-Isaiah Burton 40 interception return (Crim kick), 2:45
J-McCown 6 run (Travis kick), :59
W-Smith 2 run (Crim kick), 10:50
W-Hollie touchdown run (Crim kick), 6:54
J-McCown 8 run (Travis kick), :50