The football season was officially opened for sub-varsity teams with three games played.
Sulphur Springs won one of three contests played against Robert E. Lee teams.
Lee JV 33,
Sulphur Springs 13
It was a toasty Tyler location which hosted the first action of the year for the Sulphur Springs junior varsity.
The hot temperatures at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium gave way to spirited football action.
The home team won by a 33-13 score.
Tanner Ramirez threw a 60-yard scoring pass to Tanner Graham. Drew McCullough, also played well at quarterback, throwing a 25-yard pass to Devin Douglas. Scott Galarza had key receptions of 15 and 20 yards.
Coach Bruce Silman said, “We are very proud of the players and their efforts.”
Defensive coach Scott Rozell listed standouts as Colby Hutchings, Dakota Stalcup, Douglass and Galarza.
9th A 14,
Lee 9th A 12
Lee scored two touchdowns late, but Sulphur Springs held on for a 14-12 win in a thriller.
The Wildcats built a 14-0 lead and Lee came charging back.
A late interception by Braden Vonreyn sealed the win for the Wildcats.
But not before some anxiety was experienced by fans, players and coaches.
The game really didn’t become interesting until the third quarter.
Sulphur Springs coach Chris Valdivinos said, “The freshman A team played a nail-bitter and were able to hold on late for the victory.”
With 1:45 left in the third frame, the Wildcats had a 14-0 which felt pretty comfortable. It appeared the home squad would cruise to the win. Then Lee woke up.
The visitors got a 65-yard score to get the offense rolling. Lee missed the extra point, but the Red Raiders were getting some momentum having cut the advantage of 14-6 with 32 seconds left in third frame.
Sulphur Springs opened the fourth period with a fumble on a screen pass. Lee took over the Wildcats’ 38-yard line with 8:49 left to play.
Lee scored again, but missed the try for a two point conversion. The game was much closer with the Sulphur Springs lead sliced to 14-12.
The Red Raiders got the ball back again off an interception.
Lee was held on downs and later the game was put on ice with the Vonreyn interception with 57 seconds left.
The scoring for Sulphur Springs came on Easton Silman to Azar Myles 12-yard scoring pass. Israel Lopez made the first of two extra points.
Tyrek Cork scored on a 24-yard reverse for the other Sulphur Springs score. The Wildcats won the game by the 14-12 final.
“Defense was wrecking havoc led by Myles for the A team,” Valdivinos. “The secondary was led by D.J. Hall and Vonreyn, who also had a late interception that sealed the victory for the freshman Wildcats. Offense was led by Silman throwing the ball for two scores to Myles and Cork. Braylon Adams led the Sulphur Springs rushing attack.”
The coach added, “Overall, I am very proud of the teams and how they competed against a real good opponent. I am excited to see the team develop and mature.”
Lee 9th B 18,
Sulphur Springs 0
Turnovers will get you every time.
It’s no coincidence that the ninth grade B team Wildcats had three turnovers and lost by three scores.
The opportunistic Lee team made the most of every mistake and took a 18-0 win at Gerald Prim Stadium.
Temperatures were still close to 100 degrees on the field with the game began at 5:30 p.m. The contest was originally set for 5 p.m,, but Lee arrived late.
The first Sulphur Springs drive netted little and Lee forced a punt.
Lee had trouble getting started with tackles on defense by Jacob Crouch, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Sosa. A sack by the Wildcats held Lee’s offense and the ball went over on downs.
The first half ended in a scoreless tie with defenses dominating the action.
After holding Lee on downs, the Wildcats took off on a drive from their own 37-yard line. Quarterback Dillan Rogers sprinted for a first down. Dalton Clover ran wide for a gain, but the play was wiped out by a holding call. Rogers threw to Trayvont Dial for an eight-yard gain. Rogers had his next pass picked off by Keith Day of Lee. The Red Raiders took over following the turnover at midfield.
Lee covered the yardage in rapid fashion led by runs from quarterback Dikembe Spencer. Spencer capped the drive calling his own number for a quarterback keeper. The score came from 4-yards out in the final minute of the first half. The try for two failed, but Sulphur Springs was on the short end of a6-0 score.
Disaster struck again with another turnover hurting the Wildcats. Sulphur Springs fumbled the ensuing kickoff with Lee getting the ball at Wildcats’ 35-yard line.
Lee called Spencer’s number again, this time the lanky quarterback scored from 15-yards out. At the half, the visiting Red Raiders had a 12-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs turned the tables on Lee in the opening minutes of the third period. Kylihn Rochelle recovered a fumble. The turnover resulted in Sulphur Springs getting the ball at their own 31-yard line.
Lee picked off the ball and raced in for a touchdown with six minutes left in the third period.
The Red Raiders held Sulphur Springs out of the end zone and registered the 18-0 victory.
“The freshman B team fought had, but came up short,” said coach Chris Valdovinos. “Rogers did a good job throwing to Dial. The defense was led by Couch and Sosa.”
Sloan McGahee had a sack and Azar led team in tackles reported coach Trent Ledkins.
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