It was a battle of Wildcats and it was one not to be forgotten soon. The end result is all that matters, Blue and Gold Cats 40, Maroon Cats 39.
But it was sure more thrilling than a ride at Six Flags and costs a lot less. But the parking was about as crowded.
As a matter-of-fact, after arriving stylishly late, I parked next to Ced Finnie. A former player who just had to come back to watch the Sulphur Springs Wildcats.
HOME OWNERS INSURANCE - - Sulphur Springs was in fine from at the game, showing their spirit. They were chanting and determined to "protect their house" Gerald Prim Stadium and said so from the pregame coin flip.
KICKING STRONG - Fernando Arellano was booting 42-yarders with regularity in pregame. Strange thing, his first kick missed the mark. But he regrouped and not even low snaps could make him miss another FG the rest of the game.
PASSING FANCY - the Sulphur Springs air assault was successful for 201 yards. Nice night by Justin Owens at quarterback, behind a line which only allowed one sack. Alvin Frazier, Cody Clayton, Dallin Sant, Irvin Anderson and Kendrick Daniels all caught passes.
BIG LINE play came from the Sulphur Springs linemen like Chris Sorley, Sir Orsorio, Tyler Halerumal, Ethan Boatman, K.J. Taylor and Chad Evans. The blue clad Wildcats
ran the ball for a 6.6 yard average. That's 44 carries for almost 300 yards. Daniels had his first 100-yard game of the year, turning in a 175-yard performance while Dadrian Smith got 40 yards on 11 carries. Justin Owens ran for 75 yards on 11 attempts.
- Sulphur Springs defensive coordinator Matt Young was pleased of the performance, despite giving up 39 points. "We had some pups grow up against Whitehouse. I am really proud of how they played." Sulphur Springs forced four fumbles and picked off a pass against the Whitehouse team which was ranked No. 13 in the state and favored over Sulphur Springs.
NEW BULLS - the "Tubow" formation graduated with Colby Suggs. The new beefy formation is the "Bulls" heavy set, led by Kody Chester at quarterback/running back. Chester scored on his one carry as the former running back showed off his style. Chester came out of the game in the second half with a knee ailment.
MORE SCORING - When Sulphur Springs and Whitehouse get together, points flow like rainwater down Main St. The Wildcats managed the first one point win of the year. But it following the averages of past games, almost to the letter. During the last five matchups - Sulphur Springs was averaging 36 points a game, while Whitehouse was averaging 33.2 a tilt vs SS.
FORMER COACH WELCOMED- Craig McFarlin, son of Whitehouse head football coach Randy McFarlin, is a former coach at SSMS. He gave SSMS coordinator Lawson Crook a big hug and visited with several other former co-workers during pre-game.
HUMID-duh, it was not a good night for homecoming court members to try and control their hair with all the humidity. It made the field slick as well.
HOMECOMING QUEEN for the night was the softball/volleyball star T'Kea Johnson. Named as princesses were Kristin Ramsey and Megan Massey. All looked great and very colorful.
WALL-To-WALL - fans were packed so tightly in the stadium, nobody could dare leave their seat. Not until 10:46 when the wild, high-scoring game was finally concluded. Whitehouse fans traveled well and filled their side.
NICE TOUCH- the game ended with the Sulphur Springs team taking the hard-fought 40-39 decision. Moments after the final horn, following speeches by their respective coaches, the teams, coaches, players, fans, anybody who wanted to, gathered arm-in-arm for the Lord's prayer. In a touching moment, Trey Metoyer, the Whitehouse Wildcat standout who had terrorized the Sulphur Springs team all night, grabbed the hand of a Sulphur Springs assistant coach Derek Smith and held on during the prayer. Metoyer, who has verbally committed to Oklahoma, was humble in receiving praise and showed class.
MORE WILDCATS- Nothing drives a writer/blogger/reporter crazy, like having two teams played each other, and they are both the same mascot. Well, just when I thought the madness was over, here comes Paris next week. Yes, they are Wildcats. It will be Wildcats vs. Wildcats all over again.
But Sulphur Springs fans get to see the new, bright and shiny state-of-the art stadium in Paris. Plus, it's not that far to drive on a Friday night. Just hoping the South Sulphur River doesn't rise.
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