CORSICANA – The Sulphur Springs Wildcats’ marathon win over the Corsicana Tigers Friday night was not only the highest-scoring game in SSHS history, it may have also been the longest.
The Wildcats eclipsed the old record for most points in a game in their 77-65 victory over Corsicana. The “old” record was set just last year in the Wildcats’ 71-65 thriller over Mount Pleasant.
Friday night’s game was 3 hours, 35 minutes long. Though records like that aren’t kept, it’s the longest regulation game in memory.
There was good reason. The teams combined for 20 touchdowns, ran 166 total plays, amassed 1,500 yards of total offense and exhausted all of their timeouts.
That doesn’t even count the two-hour drive home for Wildcat fans who stayed until Zach Spigner sealed the victory with an interception with 16 seconds remaining.
WHERE TO START? – This is a game where you start at the end, statistically-speaking. Sulphur Springs had 794 yards of total offense, much to the credit of the offensive line, which provided ample holes for Willy Ivery (208 yards rushing) and Larry Pryor (151 yards rushing) and allowed Pryor time to throw for 427 yards. Pryor was sacked just once. … Ivery’s five rushing touchdowns ties the school record he and Barry Pryor hold. Pryor set the record in 1973 against Jefferson. Ivery tied it last year against Paris. … Larry Pryor (Barry’s nephew) threw for 427 yards against Corsicana, which is the fourth-best all-time in SSHS history. … On the other side of the ball, Corsicana running back Lamontra Owens ran for 490 yards and five touchdowns himself. … Pryor spread the ball around. Though he threw for over 400 yards, there was only one receiver who broke into triple digits – Alex Burney with 109 yards receiving on nine catches.
TACKLES GALORE – When teams run in excess of 80 plays in a game, there are plenty of opportunities for tackles, and the Wildcats had four players with at least 10 each: linebacker Derick Ingram, linemen Cain Cody and Dedric Smith and cornerback Barry Stribling. … Linemen Bryton Wood and Garret Hood each had a tackle for a loss, along with Ingram and Cody. … Cody also had a sack. … The Wildcats limited Corsicana quarterback Devontay Bell to just two completions in seven attempts in the second half. Bell did not attempt a pass in the third quarter. … Twenty-five of Corsicana’s 32 first downs were via the rush.
ODDS AND ENDS – Sulphur Springs did not punt and Corsicana punted just once. … The Wildcats fumbled a season-high six times and lost three. Corsicana also fumbled six times but lost just one. … Although there were 20 touchdowns scored, the teams combined for just five kickoff returns. Most of the kicks were downed or fair caught. … Sulphur Springs had 38 first downs and they were evenly divided: 19 rushing, 17 passing and two by penalty. … The Wildcats had just two penalties in the first half and ended with seven penalties for 60 yards. Corsicana was flagged six times for 60 yards. … One of the SSHS penalties wiped out an interception by Pryor on the final play of the first half. … SSHS running back Tyler Rosamond was moved up from the junior varsity and had a pivotal 24-yard reception on a Wildcat scoring drive in the second half. … Senior receiver Isaiah Lacy had the season’s longest scoring play when he took a pass from Pryor 83 yards for a TD on the Wildcats’ second play from scrimmage.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – Looking for a favorite heading into the District 14-4A race in two weeks? You would be hard-pressed to pick one out. Five teams have three wins each, with all but Pine Tree heading into the bye week. Along with Sulphur Springs (3-2), Texas High, Mount Pleasant, Hallsville and Pine Tree all have three victories apiece. Texas High (3-1) beat Kennedale, 27-7, on Friday, while Pine Tree (3-1) whipped up on Lindale, 51-21. Mount Pleasant (3-2), meanwhile, lost its second straight game, 32-14, to Atlanta, and Hallsville (3-2) was clipped by Nacogdoches, 24-21. Marshall (1-4) won its first game of the season by outscoring Jacksonville, 35-28. Pine Tree plays Nacogdoches next Friday, while all the other 14-4A teams take the week off.
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