Add six more games of experience for the core of the Whitehouse football team.
The Wildcats qualified to participate in the Adidas Texas 7-on-7 Championships at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station June 28-30. Whitehouse advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I Consolation bracket before bowing out of the tournament.
In pool competition, Whitehouse played three very competitive games and finished with a 1-2 record. The Wildcats defeated Bishop Dunne 26-22 and lost to Midlothian (33-30) and to CY Ranch (32-26). In pool play, the top two teams advanced to the Championship bracket while the third and fourth place teams advanced to the Consolation bracket.
Whitehouse faced Hebron in the first round of the Consolation bracket. The Wildcats prevailed 27-21. In the second round, Whitehouse eased past Alexander 13-6 in a defensive battle. Temple toppled the Wildcats 32-18 in the third round.
Coronado defeated Hutto 34-29 to win the Consolation bracket. In the Championship bracket, College Station tripped A&M Consolidated 20-19 to capture the title. Before the University Interscholastic League realignment in February, College Station, A&M Consolidated and Temple were all in the same district. College Station also won the UIL Class-5A, Division II State Championship in 2017.
Cy Ranch, which won the pool play that included Whitehouse, defeated West Brook 31-13 in the first round of the Championship bracket, but lost to A&M Consolidated 24-6 in the second round. Midlothian also advanced to the Championship bracket and defeated Katy 47-34 in the first round. Midlothian upended Ridge Point 25-24 in the second round and lost to College Station (33-27) in the third round.
Bishop Dunne advanced to the Consolation bracket and lost to Arlington Lamar 20-19 in the first round.
In the Division II Championship bracket, Heritage beat Pleasant Grove 39-20 to win the title, while Worthing edged Brownwood 25-19 to win the Consolation Championship. Gunter eased past Palmer 34-27 to capture the Division III title; there was no Consolation bracket.
The Division I field included Abilene, Abilene Cooper, Alamo Heights, A&M Consolidated, Arlington, Arlington Bowie, Arlington Lamar, Austin Westlake, Austin Bowie, Belton, Beaumont West Brook, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Clear Brook, College Station, Coppell, Crowley, Cypress Woods, Cypress Fairbanks, Cypress Falls, Cypress Ranch, Dallas Bishop Dunne, Denton Guyer, Edcouch-Elsa, El Paso Parkland, El Paso Franklin, Fort Bend Travis, Fort Bend Ridge Point, Fort Worth Nolan, Friendswood, Georgetown, Haslet Eaton, Houston St. Pius, Houston Heights, Hutto, Katy, Katy Tompkins, Kaufman, Klein Collins, Lake Dallas, Lake Travis, Laredo Alexander, Laredo United, Lewisville Hebron, Little Elm, Lovejoy, Lubbock Coronado, Manvel, McAllen Rowe, Mercedes, Mesquite Horn, Mesquite Poteet, Midlothian, New Caney, Plano East, Plano Prestonwood, Richardson Pearce, Richmond Foster, Rockwall, Sachse, Spring Westfield, Southlake Carroll, Temple, The Woodlands and Whitehouse.
In the semifinal round of the Championship bracket, A&M Consolidated defeated Mesquite Horn 40-35 and College Station tripped Manvel 34-32. In the Consolation bracket semifinals, Hutto defeated Temple 40-33 and Coronado slipped past Arlington Lamar 31-28.
Whitehouse will use the experience gained at the 7-on-7 tournament to prepare for the 2018 season. The Wildcats will began with a scrimmage at Kaufman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Whitehouse will scrimmage Joshua at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at A.C. New Middle School in Mesquite.
Kaufman won the district title in 2017 and finished with a 12-2 mark in Class-4A, Division I. Joshua forged a 4-6 record in 2017.
Whitehouse will start the regular season at home. Henderson will visit for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Aug. 31. Henderson completed an 11-3 season in 2017 and is ranked eighth in the 2018 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine poll.