Are you ready for round three?
For the third time in a year, the battle of the Wildcats will take place between Whitehouse and Sulphur Springs. Last year in the regular season, Whitehouse took the win 38-22. Then, in a first round playoff matchup, Whitehouse knocked out Sulphur Springs 33-30. Sulphur Springs led both games, but Whitehouse came from behind to deal them their only losses of the year. Yes, Sulphur Springs still remembers.
"They ended our season last year," Sulphur Springs lineman Jake Russell said.
We want to get revenge on them, plain and simple. We're ready to play, ready to get our win back."
"I don't even have to pump them up at all," Sulphur Springs coach Greg Owens said. "These are self-motivating games, they've got a little burr under their saddle with Whitehouse."
The instant rivalry even spilled over into the summer, with Sulphur Springs hunting for to get that win back in seven-on-seven.
"They're a tough team to beat," Sulphur Springs defensive back Johnny McSheffery admitted. "We hope we can come out and dominate like we did during 7-on-7. We know that's totally different, but in that game we had more enthusiasm than we did all summer."
"Oh yeah," Whitehouse quarterback Brady Attaway said, "they've been trying to beat us all summer long, trying to work on our offense. I'm ready, though."
"It makes us feel like we're that much better," Whitehouse lineman Jonathan Cummins said, "since we beat them twice last year for their only losses. They've been preparing for this all season."
Tonight, it's also a matchup of all-state quartbacks. With Brady Attaway in maroon, and Tyrik Rollison in blue. Together last year, they threw for almost seven thousand yards and almost eighty touchdowns.
"He's quick," Whitehouse defensive end Hunter Howard said. "He's a pretty diverse quarterback, he can throw or scramble. We haven't really played a team with a quarterback as good as Sulphur Springs."
"We had a couple of flukes last year," Rollison said. "We'll come back this year and make it happen."