Enter Whitehouse clash riding 10-game winning streak
It is all good vibes and excitement within the Barbers Hill High School campus nowadays.
Having a winning football teams helps and definitely when it begins moving forward in the playoffs.
That’s what Tom Westerberg has in his fourth year leading the Eagles program after winning the program’s first district title as a 5A school and last week, its initial playoff victory within that classification.
“We are ecstatic to be playing in the second round of the playoffs at Barbers Hill – it’s been a while,” Westerberg said. “We accomplished a goal of getting a district championship and winning a playoff game. These kids are still excited to practice and play this time of year and that’s important this time of year.
“To play Whitehouse at NRG, the kids are excited to play in a big venue like that. It’s always fun for a program. It never got old while I was at Allen to play in AT&T.”
The last playoff win for Barbers Hill came in 2012.
Now, the Eagles will face their next test, a Region 3 area round playoff test against Whitehouse (8-3) at NRG Stadium 7:30 Friday with a chance to move to the regional semifinals.
Whitehouse is the alma mater of current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“They are a good football team and they do a lot of stuff with special teams trying to steal a possession here and there whether its onside kicks or fake punts, so we have to be sharp,” Westerberg said. “From an offensive standpoint, they spread it around pretty well. Their quarterback is a good player and he is a good rusher too. They are very similar as us.
“Defensively they are playing pretty good right now.”
Whitehouse comes into the contest off a 35-10 win over Katy Paetow. Quarterback Kaden Casey has thrown for 1,478 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Barbers Hill (10-1) won its 10th straight game last week in an easy 42-0 romp over Houston Sterling for a bi-district title and playoff opening win.
The win was aided by Sterling played without top recruit, receiver Frank Brown, who was out with a shoulder injury.
“You never want a kid to get hurt, but you play the team that shows up,” Westerberg said. “We got ready for him, but we don’t adjust a whole plan to stop one person.
“We were able to control the game pretty good and our defense is playing at a pretty good level right now. We were able to hit some big plays early and get on them really quick.”
Junior wide receiver Cameron Cauley has seen this team come together and fall onto the same page thanks to a lot of time working on one goal together as a unit.
One that is hyped up about the current run of success.
“We are happy because it hasn’t been like this in a while,” Cauley said. “Coach said he wanted to change the culture and that this team was special. We worked hard and the whole community is behind us so we have to keep on winning.
“We just click really well. We are all team players and we want to win.”
Cauley said the team got here through the leadership of a core group of players and the team’s respect for one another.
Winning has taken itself to a whole new level in Mont Belvieu.
“It’s all new because we won a playoff game,” Westerberg said. “It’s new territory. The kids are excited about it.”
Region 3 playoff games (in bracket order)
Crosby (6-5) vs. Huntsville (8-3), 2 p.m. Saturday
Fort Bend Marshall (10-1) vs. A&M Consolidated (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Manvel (11-0) vs. Lamar Consolidated (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Barbers Hill (10-1) vs. Whitehouse (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday.