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John Tyler and Whitehouse set for another football classic

The all time series is only four games old, but when the John Tyler Lions play the Whitehouse Wildcats, expect an instant classic.

"I'll always remember the J.T. games from my high school career," said Whitehouse cornerback Nate Brooks.

They're hard to forget. The two 5A powers have played two of the most memorable games in Texas the past two years.

In 2012, John Tyler rallied from a 24 point deficit to top the Wildcats 45 to 38.

In 2013, The Lions were stopped on a late two-point conversion, giving Whitehouse their first win over John Tyler, and clinching their first 10 and 0 regular season.

"After we lost, I thought about it everyday until the beginning of this season," said John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister.  "I know we have to move on and have a short memory about all we did wrong and go out and give our best Friday night."

After facing off in season finale district championship games the last 2 seasons, things are much different in 2014. Friday night is the district opener for both teams.

"It is different," said Whitehouse head coach Adam Cook.  "But it's going to be big to get that first win as both of us are trying to get the district championship."

"I don't see it as any different," said John Tyler running back Jeremy Wilson.  "I know the fans are coming out and it's going to be a packed house. We just want to play them to the best of our ability. We know they have a good squad and we have a good squad with a good future behind us. We want to compete and come out with a win."

With both teams ranked among the top in the state, don't be surprised to see another high scoring classic Friday night, that's decided late in the 4th quarter.

"We know they can score points," said McCollister.  "And they know we can score points too, so it should be excited."

"I love games like this against good athletes and a great team<" said Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning.  "We'll give it our all, they'll give it their all, it's going to be a great game."

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