The home field was very, very good to Sulphur Springs sub-varsity football teams as they took two of three wins Thursday at Gerald Prim Stadium against foes from Corsicana.
SS JV 26,
The JV Wildcats covered the entire spectrum with their scores. Getting touchdowns by the friendly skies passing the ball, through a ground assault and on defense.
Home fans got to see a balanced attack with the Wildcats scoring a 26-6 win.
Only a late touchdown by Corsicana ruined a possible shutout by an inspired defense.
Teams traded defensive stands in the scoreless first quarter.
Sulphur Springs began a scoring drive in good position, following a short punt by Corsicana.
The Wildcats used a 21-yard run by Coby Winchester around end for a first down as they built momentum. Quarterback Tanner Ramirez threw to Tanner Graham who made an acrobatic catch for a gain down to the 30-yard line for a 16-yard gain. On the next play, Sulphur Springs used misdirection to leave Jaylon Dougan wide open for a 30-yard touchdown reception from Ramirez. The try for an extra point failed, but the home team was up 6-0 with 6:15 left before intermission.
The Tigers got the ball back and managed to pick up a first down. Then the defense got tackles from Winchester and friends. A bad snap from punt formation gave the Wildcats the ball at the 34 of Corsicana.
Drew McCullough took over the controls at quarterback and directed the team on five-play scoring drive. Luis Colorado capped the possession with a 13-yard off tackle run for the end zone. The two-point conversion try failed. The Wildcats were up 12-0 with a minute left until half time.
In the third period, the Wildcats got an early break with Winchester recovering a fumble at the 13-yard line of Corsicana.
McCullough threw to Colorado on a screen play for a short gain. Sulphur Springs got to the five-yard line when penalties for illegal motion and ineligible receiver down field slowed the drive. Corsicana got tough and did not allow a score, taking over on downs at the 8-yard line.
With Corsicana backed up in their own territory, the Wildcats started bringing pressure on defense. It appeared Sulphur Springs had a safety, but the ball popped out. Ronald Arellano recovered the ball in the end zone for a score. Mark Maddox booted the extra point to give the Wildcats a 19-0 lead with 6:20 left in the third frame.
Corsicana managed a score to cut the lead to 19-6.
Sulphur Springs put together an 80-yard scoring drive to end the game. During the possession, Ramirez threw to Derek Lamb for a 23-yard gain. Colorado added runs of 19 and 15 yards. Winchester added a 22-yard scoring run. The Maddox kick gave the a 26-6 lead with six minutes left, which held up as the final.
“Winchester, Lamb, Cole Cooper, Scott Galarza, Devin Douglas and Graham played well on offense,” said coach Bruce Silman. “The line blocked well for the run and pass. The players played hard with emotion.”
Coach Scott Rozell listed Israel Moreno, Dakota Stalcup, Daniel Thompson, Jaylon Mitchell, DJ Hall, Ramirez, Douglas and Galarza as defensive standouts.
Rozell said, “Arellano had several tackles and recovered a fumble. Winchester was very good at linebacker with several solo tackles and a fumble recovery. The Wildcat defense had another stellar night, allowing one touchdown and recovering a fumble for a score.”
SS 9B 20,
The first game at Gerald Prim Stadium on Thursday was the most tightly-contested matchup of the evening.
Sulphur Springs scored all their points in the first half and held on to take a 20-18 win.
Taylor Ibarra threw one touchdown pass and ran for two other touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the win for the Wildcats.
Sulphur Springs took off down the gridiron like a well-oiled machine scoring on a short field after Corsicana fumbled the opening kickoff.
Ibarra connected with Jackson Kinsey for a score from 15-yards out. The try for a conversion failed, but with five minutes left in the third period. the Wildcats were up 6-0.
Corsicana answered the score with a 55-yard dash for the goal line by Daveon Crawford which tied the game at 6-all.
Sulphur Springs put together a 57-yard scoring drive on their next possession. Ibarra ran for 24 yards as a key play in the drive. Ibarra closed out the possession with a three-yard scoring run. The try for two again failed. Sulphur Springs held a 12-6 lead.
The Wildcats got tough on defense, forcing a fumble which the home squad recovered.
Ibarra scored again, this time on a twisting and turning run for a 30-yard touchdown. Ibarra also ran for the conversion. Sulphur Springs was up 20-6 with 4:30 left in the second period.
Crawford added scoring runs of 7 and 42 yards in the second half to make the final, 20-18.
The final score game with 1:39 left. Corsicana never threatened after Amario Zamora recovered the onside kick by the Tigers late in the fourth quarter.
Coach Chris Valdovinos said, “Standouts were Ibarra, Dalton Clover, Kinsey and Kylihn Rochelle on offense. Defensive leaders were linebacker Jake Crouch, defensive end Isiah Neal and Anthony Johnson.”
Corsicana 9A 32,
Sulphur Springs 0
This game was decided by speed and long scoring runs by the visitors.
Running back Victor Wilkerson scored on runs of 37, 10 and 65 yards. Quarterback Dewayne Sheffield took off for the end zone on runs of 76 and 17 yards.
The Corsicana defense wasplenty tough, holding Sulphur Springs scoreless for the night.
Sulphur Springs fell behind quickly 6-0 in the contest. The Wildcats had a good drive rolling until a fumble ended the possession late in the first period.
In the second quarter, Sulphur Springs had to punt. Corsicana got their second score of the night from Wilkerson and went up 12-0 at intermission.
The second half was more of the same, with Corsicana halting all drives by the Wildcats short of the end zone.
The visitors padded the lead with 20 unanswered points in the second half.
Corsicana won by the final of 32-0.
Coach Valdovinos pointed out Easton Silman, Azar Myles, Heston Golightly as offensive standouts. Defensive standouts were Logan Pierce, Josh Crouch, Myles, Daniel Sosa and Kyle Dodd.
Texas 8A 42,
Sulphur Springs 7
TEXARKANA — It was a tough night for Sulphur Springs losing the eighth grade A game, 42-7.
Ryan Humphries completed 10 -of-17 passes and threw a touchdown pass to Tyrese Pryor.
“Humphries moved the ball well. He was very elusive and made good decisions on the field,” said coach Colton Lovvorn. “D.J. Abron made some important catch. Simeon Taylor was a key receiver catching the important passes that were thrown to him. He dropped a few and left the game with injury.”
Terrell Turman also had a good reception, but left due to injury.
Deidric Godbolt and Jaxon Reneau also were credited by the coach for good offensive performances.
“On defense, D.J. Abron, Sebastian Adams, Taylor, Goodson, Reneau, K.J. Abron, Lawrence Worth, Iverson Wade, Dee Dugan and Tyrese Pryor were the top tacklers,” Lovvorn said.
Texas 8B 6,
Sulphur Springs 0
The hometown Tigers got the only score of the night and held on for the victory in Texarkana.
Coach Clark Cipoletta said, “We had a terrific night on defense. Standouts were Zachary Morton with three fumble recoveries; Jonathan Alvarez had 15 tackles and Sean Rogers added eight tackles.”
The coach continued, “On offense, Connor Nix had 87 yards through the air. Alvarez had 85 rushing yards. Jamal Hobson-Cox had 45 yards receiving and Zane Haywood added 30 yards receiving.”
Texas 8C 12,
Sulphur Springs 0
The visiting Wildcats moved the ball, but were unable to score losing 12-0 in eighth grade C action in Texarkana.
Coach Dmarcus Johnson said, “Peyton Vickery threw the ball well and had two completions for positive yards. Dustin Merrell and Sam Hoang caught passes. Hoang had 75 rushing yards.”
Defensive standouts were: Robbie Alvarez, Hector Zamora, Jesus Zarco, Hunter Smithson and Ryan McKinney.
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