Sulphur Springs senior Willy Ivery knows something about putting his name in the record book, and Friday night he erased one of his own records.
Ivery scored six rushing touchdowns against Mount Pleasant, breaking the school record of five he shared with Barry Pryor, who originally set the record in 1973 against Jefferson. Ivery had another TD receiving, giving him seven total – which is also a single game record for most combined touchdowns.
Ivery did all this on just 19 touches — 15 rushes and three receptions. He finished the game with 245 yards rushing and 69 yards receiving, and he did it just 2 ½ quarters.
At halftime, Ivery had 190 yards rushing and looked like he would challenge the single game rushing record of 309 yards set last year by his cousin, Buddy Ivery, against the same Mount Pleasant team. However, he ran just twice more (including a 55-yard TD on his last carry), then came out of the game.
ADDING UP – The Wildcats scored 63 points and did it with just 21 first downs. That’s because their TD drives consisted of five plays, two plays, two plays, three plays, four plays, two plays, seven plays, three plays and five plays. … The Wildcats’ first team offense scored on nine of their 11 drives. The only series they did not score on ended with a fumbled handoff and halftime. … Six different players for the Wildcats carried the ball and six caught passes. … Among those with carries were freshman Jaylon Hawkins (27 yards on three carries) and sophomores Tyler Rosamond (27 yards on six carries) and Jesse Ortiz (13 yards on four carries). … Junior Jaylon Dugan caught his first varsity pass.
ALL OVER THE FIELD – Sophomore defensive tackle Cain Cody had another active game with 2 ½ sacks, one tackle for a loss and a batted ball. … Top tacklers were linebackers Dedric Smith and Dekeiston Mosley, defensive backs Melroy Givens and Zach Spigner and defensive tackle Bryton Wood. … Givens also had two pass break-ups. Spigner and Hawkins had one pass break-up apiece. … Mosley had a fumble recovery, while Damian Shields had an onside kick recovery and Alex Morel picked off a fourth-quarter pass and returned it 13 yards. … The Wildcat defense forced five punts, two turnovers and twice ended Mount Pleasant drives on downs. … MP senior receiver KD Cannon, the top wide receiver recruit in the state, scored three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing).
EXTRA POINTS – About the only thing the Wildcats didn’t do well Friday night was extra point conversions. SSHS tried nine and were successful on six – all kicks for Ryan Watson. They failed twice on running attempts and once on a pass attempt that was picked off in the endzone by Cannon. … Watson not only knocked through all six PATS, he easily nailed a 32-yard field goal and punted three times for a 44.0-yard average. Included in the punts were a 39-yarder and a season-long 62-yarder, both of which were downed inside the 20. … Senior Alex Burney, who caught four passes for 58 yards, was also a weapon on punt returns. He returned three punts for 54 yards, an 18.0-yard average. … The Wildcats were flagged 12 times for 120 yards, but most of those occurred in the final quarter-and-a-half when the game was already decided.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – Sulphur Springs, the defending District 14-4A champs, took its rightful place atop the district standings after the first week alongside Hallsville and Texas High. The Wildcats are now 4-2, 1-0 in district. Texas High improved to 5-1 overall with a 45-14 victory over Pine Tree (2-4), while Hallsville (4-2) defeated Marshall (1-5), 48-23. … Next week, SSHS travels to Texarkana to play Texas High, while Hallsville hosts Pine Tree and Mount Pleasant travels to Marshall.
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