Playing in the rain Friday night, Lexington Christian kept its game plan simple.
Whitman ran 40 times for 289 yards and five touchdowns, carrying the Eagles to a 36-18 homecoming victory over Middlesboro.
"He's just the heart and soul, bread and butter, the workhorse — whatever you want to call him. He's everything for us," LCA Coach Ethan Atchley said of Whitman. "Our boys on the O-line are doing a great job up front. I think that's the biggest part. We're winning with pad level. We're staying low."
Whitman also caught two passes for 4 yards, returned a punt for 37 yards and added 18 on a kickoff return. On defense, he contributed four tackles.
"It was a wet night," Whitman said. "It's harsh conditions out here, raining, so we tried to keep the ball on the ground as much as we could. And it worked out for us tonight."
LCA (4-3) led the Class 2A district matchup 14-6 at halftime, thanks to Whitman.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior touched the ball on all 10 plays — nine runs and one pass — of the Eagles' opening drive, a 41-yard march that culminated with his 1-yard touchdown. Liam Hamilton's PAT made it 7-0.
After Middlesboro (3-3-1) went three-and-out, the Eagles turned to Whitman again.
This time he carried 10 times and caught one pass on an 11-play, 52-yard drive. He scored on a 3-yard run with 11:21 left in the half.
Later in the half, Whitman had a 73-yard touchdown run wiped out by a holding call.
The Yellowjackets, whose first three possessions ended with punts, finally got untracked when Chase Elliott threw a short pass to Jake Brock in the flat.
Brock did the rest, racing down the Middlesboro sideline for a 72-yard score.
Hamilton boooted a 23-yard field goal to make it a 17-6 game through three quarters, but Middlesboro wasn't finished.
Elliott scored on a 26-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter, making it 17-12.
But Whitman wasn't finished either.
On the Eagles' next play from scrimmage, he bolted 71 yards to the end zone.
"I couldn't have done it without my O-line," Whitman said. "They were blocking for me all night, getting those holes up the middle and just busting (open). It was a great game. Middlesboro's a good opponent in our district, and we've just got to go out and get Somerset next week."
The first of Clay Ach's two interceptions led to another Whitman TD, this one a 24-yarder with 9:56 left.
Elliott scored again for Middlesboro on a 30-yard run, but Whitman came back with a 3-yard TD.
"We're proud of the team and the way they worked," Atchley said. "Our offense was moving the ball forward. We got some stops at key opportunities."
Achs said the key to LCA's defense was ""Just playing fast. Just playing out of your mind. We've got a goal to go every play 100 percent. If you're going 100 percent, you're doing your job."
Daniel White led Eagles tacklers with 5.5.
Tyler Yoakum made 10 stops to lead Middlesboro.
Lexington Christian 36, Middlesboro 18
Middlesboro 0 6 0 12 — 18
Lexington Christian 7 7 3 19 — 36
LC—Nick Whitman 1 run (Liam Hamilton kick); LC—Whitman 3 run (Hamilton kick); M—Jake Brock 72 pass from Chase Elliott (kick failed); LC—Hamilton 23 field goal; M—Elliott 26 run (run failed); LC—Whitman 71 run (pass failed); LC—Whitman 24 run (kick blocked); M—Elliott 30 run (run failed); LC—Whitman 3 run (Hamilton kick).