Sulphur Springs took on sub-varsity foes from Whitehouse in Thursday night football action winning three of five total games at two locations.
The season opener was a success at home as the eighth graders won both games at Gerald Prim Stadium.
SS 8th A 22,
The home team fell behind 16-0 at the half, but scored 22 unanswered points in the final two stanzas to secure a 22-16 win.
Simeon Taylor sparkled in his debut, with two touchdowns and two two-point conversion receptions from Ryan Humphries.
Taylor also led the defense with two interceptions.
The teams traded punts and turnovers in the first part of the game.
Whitehouse finally connected for a score Jacob Clemons throwing a 55-yard scoring pass to Javier Neal. With the conversion, the visiting Wildcats were up 8-0 with 1:54 left in the first half.
Clemons stayed hot and threw to Zachary Taylor for a 49-yard scoring bomb. Again Whitehouse was perfect with the conversion.
At the half, Sulphur Springs was on the short end of a 16-0 score.
The third quarter was dominated by turnovers with teams exchanging the pigskin like Christmas presents.
Sulphur Springs took over following a Taylor interception and started a drive at the 14-yard line of Whitehouse.
A holding call slowed the home team. Two runs by Alonzo Alvarez netted little. Humphries threw to Tiesan Goodson for a 14-yard gain. Humphries also connected with Tyrese Pryor for a short gain.
Taylor capped the drive with a two-yard scoring run. Humphries threw to Taylor for the two-point conversion. With 3:21 left in the third period, the Whitehouse lead was trimmed to 16-8.
Taylor again sparked the offense with his defense, coming up with another pick.
Sulphur Springs put together a short scoring drive. Humphries throwing to Terrell Turman for a 12-yard touchdown connection. The try for two failed. Whitehouse held a 16-14 lead late in the third period.
The final scoring drive for Sulphur Springs covered 39 yards following a short Whitehouse punt.
Taylor ran for a first down to start things rolling. Alvarez also picked up good yardage. Humphries threw to Alvarez for another first down. The scoring play was a 13-yard run by Taylor. Taylor caught the conversion pass from Humphries as Sulphur Springs went up 22-16 with 3:19 remaining.
Sulphur Springs held on downs. Whitehouse got the ball late in the final seconds. A desperation heave by Clemons was picked off by Sebastian Adams of Sulphur Springs to seal the win for the home team.
“The defense was aggressive in the second half. I was pleased overall with our performance,” said Colten Lovvorn, Sulphur Springs coach.
SS 8th B 27,
This game was dominated by the Sulphur Springs squad as they got three touchdowns from Gage Pogue to win by the 27-0 final.
Pogue took off for a score on his first carry of the night. Pogue ran 58-yards behind blocks to the end zone for the first score of the game. Brandon Diosdado kicked the extra point.
The home squad was up 7-0 as the first period ended.
Sulphur Springs got the ball again and marched 56 yards for a score. Pogue ran for 12 yards and 10 more on two carries. Quarterback Connor Nix connected with Brady Crouse and Ivyn Clayton for good gains on passes. Interference on Whitehouse moved the ball closer. Pogue ended the possession running up touched between Whitehouse defenders for a five-yard scoring run. Diosdado again was perfect with the point after. Sulphur Springs was up 14-0 with 5:23 left in the first half.
Sulphur Springs got another scoring chance in the second period following a big loss by Whitehouse as had a bad snap in punt formation.
The squad drove 46 yards in less than two minutes for another score.
Tyler Armstrong threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Lynn.
The extra point failed, but Sulphur Springs was up 20-0 with just 25 seconds left in the first half.
Neither team scored in the remainder of the half or the third period.
The final score for Sulphur Springs came following another turnover by the visiting Wildcats.
Sulphur Springs went back to Pogue, this time he scored on a 11-yard dash to the end zone. Diosdado’s point after kick was good and with 3:19 left, the home team was up 27-0.
Sulphur Springs won by the same final score as the eighth graders swept a pair of games against Whitehouse.
“Defensive standouts: The entire defense with a shut out,” said Clark Cipoletta, Sulphur Springs coach.
Whitehouse JV 27, SS JV 8
In Whitehouse, the blue and gold Wildcats managed just one win in three contests.
The Sulphur Springs squad had a rough road game Thursday losing at Whitehouse, 28-7.
Sulphur Springs coach Bruce Silman said, “Offense could not get points on the board. We just have to keep working this week and get ready for Paris.”
The Sulphur Springs defense got the only score of the night. Tanner Ramirez returned an interception for a touchdown.
“The defense played well as a whole,” said Scott Rozell, Sulphur Springs coach. “Ramirez had an amazing night kicking the ball, as well as an interception return for a score. Cole Cooper had an onside kick recovery with an interception. Devin Douglas, at cornerback, had three pass break ups and caused a fumble. Sean Fryer, at cornerback, had a fumble returnover and return for a safety. Dakota Stalcup, defensive end, had a quarterback pressure and solo tackles. Daniel Thompson, defense end, also had a quarterback pressure and solo tackles. Safety Keylon Hall contributed a pass break up.”
Whitehouse 9A 41, SS 0
Tough night for the A team as they got blanked on the road playing at Whitehouse.
“The team was led in passing by Easton Silman. Team rushing was topped by Dillan Rogers with eight carries for 54 yards,” said Chris Valdovinos, Sulphur Springs coach. “The defense was led in tackles by D.J. Hall.”
SS 9B 14,
The B team won a hard-fought game 14-12 at Whitehouse in the other freshman football game.
“Taylor Ibarra played quarterback and was referred to as ‘Johnny Manziel-like’ by the referee on our sideline. Kylihn Rochelle caught another long touchdown pass. Trayvont Dial played extremely well on both sides of the ball. Israel (Pinky) Lopez kicked very well. Amario Zamora had another interception. Tyler Young lead the offensive line attack. Blade Looney played hard and was in on some tackles on defense,” said Josh Riley, Sulphur Springs coach.
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