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9/28/7 - Whitehouse

Whitehouse Defend Title, Honor Teammate

The Whitehouse Wildcats have a lot to play for this season. At 3-and-0 and defending district champions, the Wildcats wear the target of district favorites for the first time since disco was king.

"It feels good," Wildcats linebacker Cody Brown said. "We've always been the team  that everybody wanted to play for homecoming, because we were a guaranteed win. Now we've got the district kind of on their toes."

As they go back to work for the start of district, there's even more at stake for the Wildcats this season, another burden on their minds. Last May, teammate Alex Fleming, died in a car wreck.  

"I think about it every time before a game," Brown said. "We wear his number #6 on our helmets in memory of him, to give us something else to work for."

Fleming was a part of their first district championship since 1978. His teammates and friends dedicated this season to #6 in what would have been his senior year.

"He was in all my classes from kindergarten all the way up," Wildcats defensive end Julian Broaddus said. " We think about him before every game, he's still a part of us."

The Wildcats have been outstanding this season on the field, honoring Alex's memory and learning from their teammate.

"It's present on our team," Wildcats head coach Randy McFarlin said. "We put the six on our helmets to honor him. It's on the kids' minds, they understand how lucky they are to be able to play this game."

"They know to take it one day at a time because we're not guaranteed tomorrow."

"it brought us together more. We're more of a team now."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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