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Wildcats outscore RC at scrimmage

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    The second scrimmage of the year proved to be very productive for the Wildcats.


    Sulphur Springs outscored Royse City 2-0 in the controlled scrimmage and 35-21 in timed live action Friday in a sweaty, humid contest at Gerald Prim Stadium.
    “Overall, some things were better, we were a little more crisp,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “We were getting after it, but as the night went on we had a letdown. I was very disappointed by our defensive effort. We were flying around, trying to make plays, but not reacting too well.”
    Owens said, “On offense, we got tired and sloppy as the scrimmage progressed. I know it was not a game and we have work to do. We have to improve a lot before it’s a real game with Rockwall-Heath. They have some outstanding players and I hope our mentality is better. We have been in a hard grind since Aug. 4 and our legs are shot. We have to get better than this... I think we will. We have some good senior leadership. They have to step up and push us through being tired.”
    Owens said team made it through the two scrimmages with very few injuries.
    The controlled portion of the scrimmage began with Sulphur Springs on offense. It only took six plays for the Wildcats to cover 70-yards and score. The drive began with Jesse Ortiz running for five yards. Quarterback Larry Pryor broke the pocket and took off for a seven-yard gain. Following a short Zach Spigner run, Pryor connected with Ben Brooks for a first down pass. Spigner took off for a 14-yard run. Pryor capped the drive with a scoring pass to sophomore Jaylon Hawkins.
    The scrimmage continued and the Wildcats kept the ball against Royse City. New quarterback Drew McCullough threw to Carpenter for an eight-yard gain. Fresh running back Scott Galarza showed off his wheels cutting behind nice blocks for a 22-yard burst. McCullough then went back up top and threw a 20-yard middle screen to Carpenter. McCullough ended the second drive with a six-yard scoring run.
    Royse City got the ball on offense and had mixed success. Short passes netted little. The Bulldog quarterback scrambled wide only to be met by Pryor for a quick tackle. Spigner had a tackle and the ball popped out, recovered by Bryton Wood.
    The next eight plays for the Bulldogs produced short runs. Dakota Stalcup had a nice tackle after a reception on a Royse City player. The Bulldogs were held for short yardage as action turned to the kicking game.
    Sulphur Springs used both kickers Tanner Ramirez and Mark Maddux on punts and PATs. The Wildcats fielded punts with C.J. Stephens and Jaylon Dugan in action.
    The timed portion of the scrimmage began with Royse City starting from their own 30-yard line. Two incomplete passes and soon the Wildcat defense forced a punt.
    The Wildcats began their first possession at their own 27-yard line with 11:27 left in the first time period. Pryor tried a deep pass, but it fell incomplete. However, on the play Royse City was flagged for interference. Ortiz took off for a quick 18 yards up the middle. Ortiz had another big run, this time down to the 36 of Royse City. Ortiz again broke free and picked up 33 yards before being knocked out-of-bounds. Hawkins ended the drive with a short run behind blocks up the middle. Ramirez added an adventurous extra point. The ball balanced on the cross bar, before rolling over for the Wildcats to make the score 7-0 with 10:40 left in the period.
    Royse City responded with a touchdown drive of their own. The key play, a 59-scoring toss to wide open receiver. The extra point knotted the score at 7-all with 9:46 on the clock.
    Sulphur Springs again strung together a 70-yard drive on offense. The Wildcats overcame a clip call on a Galarza run. Pryor went to Carpenter for 36-yards. Pryor then called his own number and raced 26-yards for another big gain. Galarza found the end zone on a two-yard run to cap the drive. Ramirez boomed the extra point to give the home team a 14-7 lead with 8:18 left.
    Royse City moved the ball on a 70-yard scoring drive of their own using a mixture of runs and passes to cover the real estate in two minutes on nine plays. A quarterback keeper from short range got the touchdown on the board. The extra point tied the contest at 14-all with 6:04 still to go in the first frame.
    The Wildcats still were rolling on offense and used Ortiz runs and Pryor passes to move the chains. Pryor then found a new receiver, Bubba Hall open over the middle for a 30-yard scoring connection. Maddux pounded home the point after and the Wildcats went ahead 21-14.
    Royse City took over at their own 30 with 4:24 to play in the quarter. The Bulldogs were slowed down by a nice hit from Dugan in the backfield. Hawkins had an interception slip through his hands. So Royse City went back to the ground picking up key yards in the middle of the line.  The RC touchdown came on the first play of the first quarter on a short run. The extra point tied the game at 21-all.
    On the next Sulphur Springs possession, the team again was able to drive 70 yards. Galarza ran for six. Then Pryor found Parker Aguilar open for a first down pass. A penalty on Royse City again assisted the cause as interference was called on the Bulldogs. Set up with a first down at the 33-yard line of Royse City, Hawkins ran for a first down. Ortiz ended the drive with a six-yard burst. The Maddux point after gave the home team a 28-21 with 9:00 left.
    Royse City was hampered on their next possession by the Wildcat defense. Carson Hicks had a key hit on third down to force a punt.
    Sulphur Springs, now using reserves, was unable to get a drive rolling and had to punt back to Royse City. The Bulldogs taking over with 6:36 left. Good defensive plays by Jaylon Mitchell and Cain Cody led to big hits on the Bulldogs.
    The Wildcats took over at their own 13-yard line following a punt by Royse City. Hawkins showed he still had plenty left in his tank, racing all 87-yards on a slick run for Sulphur Springs. The sophomore speedster took the handoff and then cut toward the sidelines and outran all Royse City defenders for the score. Ramirez made the extra point with 1:18 left.
    The timed portion of the scrimmage ended with Royse City picking off a pass. But the Wildcats were ahead on the scoreboard, 35-21.
    In sub-varsity scrimmage competition, Sulphur Springs did well.
    The junior varsity got three touchdown passes from quarterback Easton Silman. D.J. Hall, Tyrese Peters and Tyrik Cork all caught scoring passes. Nathan Bones scored on a 10-yard run.
    Coach Bruce Silman pointed out Jackson Kinsey and Matthew Reynolds as standouts. Silman said, “We did some good things, we got the work we needed. We played well and our line blocked really well.’
    In ninth grade play, the Sulphur Springs squad took a 4-2 decision. Coach Chris Valdovinos said, “We played hard and everyone did a good job. Our defense was awesome.”
    The coach listed standouts as Cason Goodson, Lawrence Worth, Ryan Humphries, Simeon Taylor, Logan Caden and Iverson Wade.
    Sulphur Springs will return to practice Monday. The varsity and junior varsity will begin at 4 p.m. at the high school field as they prepare for the season opener Friday at Rockwall-Heath.

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