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Whitehouse and Lindale on different points of the curve

In Whitehouse tonight, a battle between two teams at different points on the curve.

The Whitehouse Wildcats are the defending district champions for two years running. Whitehouse had to come from behind in the second half last week to beat Jacksonville.

"We just kind of came out slow," Whitehouse Wide Receiver Ryan Bell said. "I think this week we're more prepared. Everybody's gunning for us."

"It's a lot to live up to," Whitehouse Wide Receiver Skip Caldwell said. "People expect a lot from us this year."

It's homecoming in Whitehouse, and Wildcat fans expect another district championship.

"The coaches have realy turned the team around," Wildcats fan Aaron DuVall said. "The traditions have begun here in Whitehouse, we're really a football town."

"We have more team spirit now," Wildcats fan Angel Coffey said. "When I went to school here, we never won that many games."

Meanwhile, the Lindale Eagles are the team on the rise. Last year 5-5, this year already 6-0 and fresh off a knockout of traditional power Kilgore last week.

"Nobody thought we could do it," Lindale center Hayden Lewis said. "We knew if we had won, we could shut some people up."

"It was a huge statement for us," Lindale wide receiver Justin Glasscock said. "Nobody believed in us, nobody knew what we could do. We were huge underdogs, and we proved ourselves."

All over Lindale, signs of support are popping up. This is a team without a playoff history, with fans exuberant over getting the chance to watch Lindale take that next step and become a power.

"Oh, it's awesome," Eagles fan Nina Bryan said. "It's a wonderful feeling, it brings the community together, we're pumped up for this week."

"We're facing the defending champs," Eagles fan Karen Gott said, "and if we can beat them, it'll be a huge win. We're behind the Eagles all the way. Go big blue!"

Tonight, it's the playoff veterans against the up and comers, and a district championship might just be at stake.

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

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