WHITESBORO — For the first time in seven years the Pottsboro Cardinals did not finish at the top of the district standings. And the Whitesboro Bearcats earned their first district title in four years in resounding fashion with a 35-0 victory in the District 5-3A (I) final on Friday.
Brooks Barker ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and the Bearcats (7-3, 5-0) held the Cardinals (6-4, 3-2) to 156 yards.
Pottsboro would have kept its streak alive with a victory that would have tied Whitesboro and Van Alstyne for first place and a share of the district championship. Both teams open the playoffs this week with bi-district match-ups: Whitesboro, the top seed, faces Maypearl at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Frisco's Memorial Stadium and Pottsboro, the third seed, takes on Kemp at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Forney.
The Cardinals got the opening kickoff, Whitesboro's defense held and the Bearcats only needed four plays to score. Scout Sanders had a 10-yard touchdown run and then with 39 seconds left in the first quarter, Weston Hickman had a 23-yard TD run for the 14-0 advantage.
Barker scored both of his touchdowns in the second quarter. He had a two-yard TD run with 7:10 left in the half and then again from the six-yard line with just under three minutes left
Whitesboro received the second half kickoff and closed out the scoring with an 81-yard touchdown drive. Nolan Frith capped the possession from the three-yard-line.
In addition to Barker, Sanders went over 100 yards with 107 yards on 14 carries. Frith added 53 yards on 10 carries.
Hunter Watson was 9-of-19 passing for 103 yards and an interception and gained 23 yards on 14 carries for Pottsboro. Will Cates finished with seven carries for 25 yards and added a 32-yard reception.