Wildcats upset Tigers, 32-27

THS’ 21-game district win streak comes to an end

Photo by Kevin Sutton
Texas High's Xavier Dangerfield (8) leaps to make a reception in front of Whitehouse's Dominic Rayford (2) during Friday's game. Whitehouse defeated the Tigers, 32-27.
Photo by Kevin Sutton Texas High's Xavier Dangerfield (8) leaps to make a reception in front of Whitehouse's Dominic Rayford (2) during Friday's game. Whitehouse defeated the Tigers, 32-27.

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Whitehouse's DeCarlton Wilson caught three touchdowns against Texas High, but it was his interception in the final minute that sealed the Tigers' fate.

The Wildcats snapped Texas High's 21-game district win streak, which dated back to 2019, with a 32-27 win over the 4th-ranked Tigers Friday in a District 8-5A, Division II game at Tiger Stadium in Grim Park.

That pick came just after the eighth lead change of the game, when Braylon Jackson caught a 54-yard bomb for Whitehouse to put the visitors ahead for good.

Tradarian Ball rushed 21 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns for Texas High (7-2, 4-1), Javari Johnson added 20 carries for 109 yards, and Brandon Hall also rushed for a TD. David Potter hit on 8-of-17 passes for 97 yards and an interception.

Wilson had eight receptions for 176 yards and three TDs from Josh Green, who ran for a score and connected on 19-of-32 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

Ball scored his second touchdown of the game on a 30-yard scamper with 7:16 left in the third quarter to cap a 9-play, 75-yard campaign.

Wilson finished a 10-play, 76-yard possession with his 19-yard TD grab with 4:49 left in the third, and the Wildcat defense forced a turnover on downs on the ensuing Texas High drive.

Whitehouse was driving, but Josh Stewart intercepted a pass at the 22-yard line to thwart the visitors going ahead two scores. Ten plays later, Ball was back in the end zone, diving in for a 3-yard score with 9:25 left.

Jackson hauled in a 54-yard bomb from Green with 1:40 remaining to give the Wildcats the lead once more.

Following a pair of punts to start the game, the Wildcats took the early lead with Wilson snagging a 28-yard strike from Green with 5:27 left in the first quarter.

Hall brought the ensuing kickoff back 26 yards to the Tiger 49, and 12 plays later Hall punched the ball in for the tying score from 5 yards out. Seth Trusty's PAT gave Texas High the lead with 57 seconds left until the first break.

Green converted two fourth-down tries on the next Wildcat possession and scored on a 6-yard run with 8:33 left in the half to regain the lead for Whitehouse, which marched 92 yards on 14 plays on the drive.

The Tigers needed seven plays to cover 75 yards with Ball breaking free for a 49-yard gain to set up his 2-yard TD run.

The next THS drive was cut short on a fumble, which was recovered by Whitehouse's Jaylen Brandon at the Tiger 38.

Wilson caught his second TD of the half on the second play, giving the Wildcats a 19-14 lead headed into the locker rooms.

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