PARIS – Five different players ran the ball for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats Friday night, six players had receptions and two threw passes. But it was junior quarterback Larry Pryor who had the best night of his young career.
In his fourth game at quarterback, Pryor ran for 161 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries and threw for 129 yards and two more TDs. Pryor’s rushing yards had been limited going into the game against Paris, as he had 74 yards rushing in the three previous contests combined.
Friday night, he was only sacked once (negative yards from sacks come off rushing totals) and used designed play calls to find open holes in the Paris defensive line. He had individual runs of 13, 25, 10, 18, 50 and 10 yards, and helped the Wildcats to 330 yards rushing on 48 carries.
Of course, senior running back Willy Ivery also got in on the fun, running for 140 yards on 22 carries and scoring three touchdowns.
TURNAROUND – While the Wildcats were enjoying success on the ground, the Sulphur Springs defense made sure Paris didn’t have as much luck. The Wildcat defense limited Paris to 25 yards rushing on 21 carries. Almost half of their carries (10) went for negative yardage. … Leading tacklers for SSHS were senior Dedric Smith with eight tackles, two for losses, and two sacks, linebacker Dekeiston Mosley and lineman Garret Hood. Also recording sacks were Bryton Wood, Derick Ingram and Dallas Dannheim. … Ingram had another solid night at linebacker with a fumble recovery and an interception. … The Wildcats recorded five turnovers – the same amount in their first three games combined – as Barry Stribling had an interception, while freshman Jaylon Hawkins recovered an onside kick and Javaron Ross came up with a fumble recovery.
YELLOW LAUNDRY – Both teams had major problems with penalties Friday night. Sulphur Springs was flagged 17 times for 160 yards, including six offensive holding penalties. Paris was penalized 13 times for 125 yards. … Sulphur Springs punter Ryan Watson had four punts for a 37.5-yard average with a long of 52 yards. Watson had a snap sail over his head on one punt, but managed to grab the bouncing ball and hurriedly get off a 16-yard punt before the rush got to him. … Paris’ Cordarrius Hill had a 55-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that set up their only touchdown of the game. … Paris had more first downs via Sulphur Springs’ penalties (6) than either passing (5) or rushing (2) first downs.
ODDS AND ENDS – Sulphur Springs scored on four straight possessions in the third quarter to increase the halftime lead from 15-3 to 43-3 entering the final period. The Wildcats’ average starting position of those four drives was the Paris’ 43-yard line. … The Wildcats were 4-of-7 on third down conversions in the first half and 4-for-8 in the second half. Comparatively, Paris was 1-for-5 on third downs in the first half and 0-for-6 in the second half. … SSHS ran 70 offensive plays to 50 for Paris. … Dillon Carpenter was the Wildcats’ leading receiver with five catches for 32 yards and a TD. The other touchdown catch was a dandy 32-yarder by Alex Burney over a defender on the visitor’s sideline. … Sulphur Springs had 22 first downs, 15 of them rushing. … The Sulphur Springs defense held Paris to 114 yards passing, though Paris had some opportunities to make plays downfield when receivers got open, but never could connect.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – We will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see if there are any undefeated teams left in District 14-4A. That’s because Texas High’s game with Tyler Lee was postponed from Friday night, due to weather, and will be made up at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Texarkana. Texas High is 2-0 going into the game. Mount Pleasant, meanwhile, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday night with a 48-20 loss to Kilgore. MP is now 3-1. Hallsville doubled up Lindale’s score, 56-28, to improve to 3-1, while Marshall remained winless at 0-4 with a 59-3 defeat by powerful Whitehouse. Pine Tree (2-1) had a bye Friday night.
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