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Notes on Wildcats playoff loss

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     McKINNEY – The season ended on a sour note for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats Friday night, but there were a few individual achievements that came through in the 70-33 loss to the Wylie East Raiders.  

    Senior receiver Cole Hill snagged six receptions for 96 yards, giving him 1,059 receiving yards for the season, good for third-place all-time behind Jace Jackson’s school record 1,550 yards set in 2008 and Alvin Frazier’s 1,122 in 2010. Hill also finished with 10 receiving touchdowns.
    Junior Willy Ivery scored his 29th touchdown of the season (22 rushing, six receiving, one kickoff return), which puts him second all-time behind the 35 TDs scored by Ryan Young in 2008.
    Junior receiver Alex Burney caught three touchdown passes against Wylie East, tying him with seven other players for most TD receptions in a single game.
    In addition, senior quarterback Brad Macek went over the 300-yard mark passing with 362 yards, Buddy Ivery had 124 yards rushing and Willy Ivery had 108 yards receiving.

    TOUGH NIGHT – District 14-4A didn’t fare well in the first round of the playoffs, as all four teams lost to their 13-4A counterparts.  Mount Pleasant was upset by Wylie, 45-21; Hallsville lost to undefeated Lucas Lovejoy 40-13; and Texas High was beaten by Sherman 40-23. … Wylie East (8-3) will now take on Whitehouse (10-1) in the area round next week. … SSHS head coach Greg Owens is 0-2 in games coached at Ron Poe Stadium. Ron Poe, former McKinney High head football coach, and his twin brother Don, former Sulphur Springs head football coach, were both in attendance at the game.

    TURNOVERS – Sulphur Springs turned the ball over five times (including a muffed kickoff). In the Wildcats’ three losses this year, they lost the turnover battle in two of them (Whitehouse and Wylie East). In the other loss (to Sherman), the turnovers were even. … Tyler Ballard blocked his third kick of the season, a 41-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. … The Wildcats had a chance for a pick 6 in the second quarter, but a tipped pass by Barry Stribling went through the hands of a teammate streaking down the sideline. … Both teams recovered a mishandled kickoff. … The Wildcats were hit with seven penalties for 57 yards, but three of the penalties wiped out nice gains by Willy Ivery. … The Wildcats accumulated 30 first downs.

    ON THE MARK – Wylie East QB Garrett McCain was true on 16 of 18 passes he threw in the first half, and he ended the game with six touchdowns. And he’s only a junior. … His top target, Marcell Ateman (10 catches, 164 yards, four TDs) is headed to Oklahoma State. … Wylie East didn’t punt; SSHS punted just once. … McCain threw for 352 yards – all but 32 of it went to two receivers, Ateman and Quan Jones (seven catches, 156 yards, two TDs). … Wylie East had just one negative play in the first half, a tackle for a 2-yard loss by Tyran Wilson. By game’s end, Dustin Churchman had two tackles for losses and Garrett Hood had one tackle behind the line of scrimmage. … Barry Stribling had two pass deflections.




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