From Staff Reports
VAN — Sulphur Springs teams did well in the recent 7-on-7 junior high Van tournament with No. 1 team taking top honors.
The Sulphur Springs No. 1 team won Game 1, defeating Van 35-28.
D’Corian Young had a touchdown pass to Dawson Draper.
Deanthony Moore and Jace Thompson picked off passes and returned them for scores.
Draper also saw playing time at quarterback according to coach Colten Lovvorn.
In Game 2, the young Wildcats edged Lindale, 21-20. Young threw a touchdown pass to Carter Monk. Austin Dodd caught scoring passes from Young and Draper.
“Monk defended very well in this game, but fell and landed on his hand. This resulted in a fracture in his wrist,” Lovvorn said.
Game 3, Sulphur Springs clipped Kaufman, 28-21. Rio Becerra, Pacen Edwards, Connor Burgin and Jose Rodriguez scored touchdowns against Kaufman.
Lovvorn said, “Moore played well at cornerback and read his man well in man-to-man coverage.”
Sulphur Springs had a break during the fourth game time span.
In Game 5, the Sulphur Springs teams played each other.
Young had two scoring receptions from Draper. Young threw touchdown passes to Andy Eddins and Jace Thompson. Connor Burgin had an interception return for a score. Sulphur Springs No. 1 won 35-27 over the No. 2 squad.
Sulphur Springs won 49-21 over Van in the championship game.
Dodd scored twice. He caught a touchdown pass from Draper. Draper picked off a pass for a touchdown.
“Moore ran a swing route and beat the defense to the end zone with some intense speed,” Lovvorn said. “We were the champions.”
The No. 2 Sulphur Springs team rolled up a 63-7 win over Kaufman in a big win in Game 1.
Damiyon Dugan and Christian Clayton caught touchdown tosses from Jadon Miles at quarterback.
Carter Lewis, Clayton and Miles all returned interceptions for touchdowns.
Andrew Escobar caught a touchdown pass from Miles.
Blayne Hohenberger also picked off a pass.
Miles had three total interceptions, returning one for a score.
In Game 2, the Wildcats lost 21-7 to Lindale. Donavan Jones had the lone touchdown.
Van defeated Sulphur Springs, 21-7 in Game 3. Escobar had an interception. Dugan scored on a pass from Hohenberger.
In Game 5, the Sulphur Springs teams met each other. The No. 1 team won 35-7. Jadon Miles was the only player to score from the No. 2 team.
“Both teams competed well and we had a great times watching some leaders emerge in the seventh grade class,” Lovvorn said. “Some kids showed us that they perform well in a game situation even if practice did not go well that week. Draper really came out of his shell and performed top notch at this tournament. All the coaches are very happy and impressed with all players and happy that is was a successful tournament.”
Sulphur Springs will host Gilmer for a 7-on-7 tournament Tuesday. Games are scheduled for the seventh, eighth, junior varsity and varsity teams at Sulphur Springs High School. Action will begin at 5 p.m. games will be play outdoors and in the multi-purpose building.
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