There’s been a number of highly competitive spring football games around East Texas the last couple of weeks.
The Whitehouse Wildcats joined that group Tuesday as their Maroon defense defeated their White offense 34-30 thanks to a game-winning interception by Jordan Martin on the final play of the contest.
The Maroon had a 24-14 second half lead. But a touchdown pass from Tristan Smith to Sam Cook, and a 7-yard touchdown run by K’Vionne Davis in the fourth quarter put the White on top 30-28.
It came down to the final possession, and with the starters cheering from the sidelines, the Maroon defense stepped up to cause the turnover which based on the scrimmage’s scoring system resulted in six points for the Maroon defense.
“That’s the way you want to end spring football, is having that energy on the sidelines. The kids were having fun. The most important thing is there’s no big injuries. I think going into last year as the season went, so many significant injuries. At the end we’re gonna be one team. We’re gonna be together on Friday nights. You saw the varsity guys on the sideline being into it. And that’s what it’s all about,” said second year head coach Marcus Gold.
Whitehouse had not held spring practice since 2015. And Gold hadn’t been a part of one in quite some time either. But overall he feels, the experiment turned out to be a success.
“It gave us an opportunity to look at a lot of guys. I think this year we have a lot of depth in a lot of different positions. And now we can narrow down who those starters are, who those second team guys are, kind of what we want to do schematically. I think it was a lot of help in those 14 practices that we had,” explained Gold.
Whitehouse opens the season on the road at Henderson on August 30.