The hometown Wildcats won all games Thursday in three wet and wild sub-varsity football contests.
Action which began at 4:01 p.m. under muggy and sunny conditions at Gerald Prim Stadium, ended at 9:56 p.m. following numerous rain showers and a 39-minute lightning delay.
The delay came near the end of the ninth grade A game. Action resumed and the game ended. No delays were called during the junior varsity game, but the contest was played under wet and rainy conditions which caused fans to scurry for cover or find umbrellas.
SS JV 40, Paris 6
This game was an offensive showcase for the Sulphur Springs team as they scored 33 points in the first half and cruised to the big win.
Quarterback Drew McCullough threw three touchdown passes. Tanner Ramirez, also at quarterback, threw another scoring toss.
Tyler Rosamond was a monster on the ground, as the leading rusher scored on a 1-yard run and 69-yard burst.
Scott Galarza was all over the field. He scored on a 12-yard reception from Ramirez. Later he caught a two-point conversion pass from McCullough. On defense, he picked off a pass.
Paris scored late in the game, after the contest was decided.
The visitors made an early turnover setting up Sulphur Springs in great field position.
The first score was an off tackle run by Rosamond behind good blocking near the goal. Mark Maddox booted the extra point to give Sulphur Springs a quick 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game.
Sulphur Springs reached into their bag of tricks and used an onside kick. Paris could not field the pigskin and Rosamond recovered the ball at the 36 of Paris.
Ramirez threw to Galarza for the 12-yard score. The point after failed, but with 4:10 left in the first frame, Sulphur Springs was up 13-0.
Paris fumbled the ensuing kickoff with Sulphur Springs recovering to set up another scoring drive.
McCullough marched the team down the field with passes to Luis Colorado, Devin Douglass and Galarza. McCullough capped the drive with a 16-yard scoring pass to Tanner Graham. The try for two failed, but the blue Wildcats had a 19-0 lead.
Action moved to the second period and following a defensive stand by Sulphur Springs, the home team was back on another scoring drive.
Ramirez was now at quarterback turned to Rosamond who took the ball and created his own running spaces, then bolted by defenders across the field, taking a meandering journey for a 69-yard score. Maddox boomed the extra point to give the home squad a 27-0 lead.
Paris got a good scoring drive mounted and drove from their 23 to the eight-yard line of Sulphur Springs. A fumble ended the possession with the home team recovering.
The next score for Sulphur Springs came on a 10-yard pass from McCullough to Ramirez. The Wildcats were in command with a 33-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs padded the lead with a McCullough passing to Cole Cooper 19-yard scoring pass in the third period.
Paris scored late, but fell by the 40-6 final.
Coby Winchester had several tackles and a fumble caused. Draylon Porter, Daniel Thompson and Jaylon Mitchell had big tackles on defense.
SS 9th B 16,
Taylor Ibarra ran for one score and threw for a touchdown and two-point conversion as Sulphur Springs won the ninth grade B game. Ibarra had 66 net yards rushing in the game, passing for more than 100 yards.
Jackson Kinsey was the receiving star with four catches for 95 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion.
The game was played under the hot sun starting in the afternoon. Fans or players did not know about damp and nasty weather to come later.
Neither team scored in the first period as defenses came up big to start the game.
Sulphur Springs put together an 87-yard drive in less than three minutes. A key play on the possession was a 22-yard pass from Ibarra to Kinsey. Two holding calls slowed the drive. But the team rallied to score as Ibarra went back to Kinsey for the score from 21-yards out. Ibarra ran for the conversion as Sulphur Springs went up 8-0 with 1:05 left in the first half.
Paris could not get a drive going before intermission. Anthony Johnson had a tackle for a loss to prevent the visitors from getting in scoring position.
Sulphur Springs quickly took control of the game in the opening seconds of the second half.
Paris fumbled on the kickoff with Sulphur Springs taking over at the Paris 26-yard line.
Four plays later, Ibarra scored on a three-yard run. Ibarra threw to Kinsey to get two additional points. The blue Wildcats had a 16-0 lead with 6:25 left in the third period.
Paris scored late on a Brandon Morrison 30-yard run to avoid being shut out. Sulphur Springs claimed the 16-6 victory.
Defensive standouts for Sulphur Springs include Isiah Neal, Jacob Crook, Jaylon Hall, Angel Mejia and Jacob Couch had tackles for losses. Amario Zamora and Dalton Clover recovered fumbles. Also playing well on defense were Kylihn Rochelle and Kinsey.
SS 9th A 14,
This game probably took the longest to play, mainly because of a 39-minute weather delay with 5:29 left in the fourth period.
Wildcat quarterback Easton Silman threw two touchdown passes to Tyrese Peters for Sulphur Springs. Dillan Rogers ran 17 times for 83 yards to pace the ground attack.
Sulphur Springs did not waste any time scoring. They took the ball from their own 36-yard line and drove down the field. Silman finished the drive in style, throwing a 28-yard scoring pass to Peters. Israel Lopez added the extra point kick and the home team had a 7-0 lead with 5:35 left in first frame.
The Sulphur Springs defense forced a turnover and the offense had a chance to shine again in the first period.
Rogers had a short run for a five-yard gain. Silman went back to Peters, this time in the end zone. The sticky-fingered receiver snagged the ball out of the air, tip-toeing inside the boundary for a score. Lopez’s extra point gave Sulphur Springs a 14-0 lead.
Paris got a 63-yard scoring run by Brandarrius Brown.
At the half, Sulphur Springs had a 14-6 lead with clouds moving in.
The hometown Cats won by the 14-6 score with the contest ending after the long delay. The final 5:29 was played under rainy conditions, but required no more delays for lightning.
Sulphur Springs coach Chris Valdovinos said, “Our defense was led by Azar Myles, Daniel Sosa, Sloan McGahee, Skylar Long, and Kyle Dodd. Braden Vonreyn had an interception and Heston Golightly had seven pass breakups.”
The coach continued, “Overall, the team played a hard-fought game despite wet conditions and some mistakes. I am excited to see the growth of this team and them overcoming less than ideal conditions. As a team we have to be ready and be prepared for a Corsicana team coming to play here next week.”
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