Hometown fans saw one thriller out of three games played Thursday at Gerald Prim Stadium.
Not by accident, the lone nail-biter was the only win of the night for the Wildcats in their sub-varsity football homestand against Texas High.
Sulphur Springs 9A 30,
Texas High 22
Quarterback Easton Silman threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner as Sulphur Springs won 30-22 over Texas High at home.
The Wildcats had to rally from a two-touchdown deficit, but won the game with late heroics.
Texas High was shutout in the first half, but made up for it- scoring 22 points in the third period to deadlock the score.
The Sulphur Springs defense held Texas High from taking the lead. The Wildcats took over the ball with less than a minute left at their own 46-yard line.
Silman made two key completions to Tyrek Cork to move the ball to the 15-yard line.
Silman scrambled away from trouble and threw back toward the home side to find Tyrese Peters open at the goal line for the game winning catch with just four seconds remaining. Silman went back to Peters for the two point conversion as the Wildcats went up 30-22.
Texas High tried to use laterals on the kickoff to provide a miracle comeback, but the play did not work. The home team held on to take the 30-22 victory.
After a scoreless first quarter, Sulphur Springs took the lead in the second frame. Set up by a nice punt return by Peters, the Wildcats went to work. Ricky Alvarez ran for a short gain. Dylan Rogers threw to Peters for a gain of 12-yards. The touchdown came on a one-yard run by Alvarez. Alvarez added the two-point conversion as the Wildcats went up 8-0 with 4:45 left in the first half.
Neither team scored until the Tigers woke up growling in the third frame.
Texas High got touchdown runs of 6 and 9 yards from Tre Henderson. Cade Pearson scored on a quarterback sneak. The Tigers got a two-point conversion to go up 22-14.
Silman led the Wildcats back throwing a 25-yard scoring dart to Peters. Silman capped the next drive with 70-yard bomb to Cork. Silman threw to DJ Hall to tie the contest at 22-all with 2:26 remaining.
The Wildcat defense held Texas High out of the end zone the rest of the night. Silman threw the late scoring pass to Peters and Sulphur Springs won the game 30-22.
“It was a hard fought game, a come-from-behind victory,” said coach Chris Valdovinos. “Players made some mistakes, but we were able to overcome them and pull out the win in the end. I am very proud of the players and especially their effort and their ‘never give up attitude.’”
Alvarez led the team in rushing with 70 yards and one score.
Valdovinos said, “The offense line did a great job allowing time for Silman to throw the ball. They also opened holes for the running game.”
The defense was led by tackles from Azar Myles, Kyle Dodd and Daniel Sosa the coach said.
“I thought the defensive line played extremely well. Sloan McGahee having three sacks and Cameron Davis adding two sacks,” Valdovinos said. “Logan Pierce and Christian Ingram had several key tackles for losses. Peters had an interception and Myles forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.”
Texas High 9A 28, Sulphur Springs 0
The first game of the night at Prim proved to be a shutout by the visiting Tigers by a 24-0 margin in freshmen B team play.
Cedric French was the difference in this contest as he used his speed to score three times.
French started the game with a 55-yard punt return with 5:38 left in the first quarter. French would score on a four-yard run to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead. DeShun Harris scored on a one-yard run and Texas High teammate Kashawn Richardson added the two-point conversion to put the visitors up 22-0. French closed out the scoring, racing in for a 47-yard punt return with 1:03 left in the game. The Wildcats were on the short end of a 28-0 score.
Sulphur Springs drove in the first quarter from their own 20 to the 30 of Texas High. During that possession, the Wildcats got runs of 18 and 13 yards from quarterback Taylor Ibarra, Ibarra also threw to Dalton Clover and Kylihn for gains. The Texas High defense held Sulphur Springs on downs.
The Wildcats got the ball back in the second quarter with Rochelle coming up with a nifty interception and short return.
The Wildcats were set up at the 43 of Texas High, but made a turnover giving the ball back to the Tigers.
The first half ended with the Tigers holding a 6-0 advantage.
In the second half, the Tigers cored three times to claim the victory.
The Wildcats got an interception by Ibarra. Neal Isiah had a tackle for a loss.
Defensive standouts for Sulphur Springs were: Ibarra, Anthony Johnson, Tyler Young, Logan Pierce, Mason Cleveland, Angel Mejia and Rochelle.
Texas High JV 24, Sulphur Springs 0
The final contest Thursday was a 24-0 win by Texas High in junior varsity play.
“We moved the ball on the ground but failed to get the ball in the end zone. Our line blocked well and Luis Colorado ran the ball well. Our kids played hard and are getting better weekly,” said coach Bruce Silman.
Speedy Demontre Cooper scored twice for the Tigers and was a menace to the Wildcats all night.
Quarterback Kip Williams started the scoring off to the Tigers as the left-hander threw a 22-yard scoring screen to Cooper.
Later in the first quarter, Cooper threw an 85-yard scoring pass to Jaylen Rhone as the Tigers went up 12-0.
The Wildcats had their next drive went as a pass was picked off by Texas High.
Taking over near midfield, the Tigers scored seven plays later. Williams called his own number, scoring on a sneak up the middle. The try for a point after failed, Texas High was up 18-0 in the second period. The score would hold up at the half.
The only tally in the final two quarters came by Texas High. Cooper got free for a 23-yard scoring run.
The visitors won by the 24-0 final.
Coach Scott Rozell said, “The Wildcat JV lost a hard fought battle. Defensive standouts were: middle linebacker Colby Hutchings, safety Scott Galarza, safety Tanner Ramirez and defensive ends, Dakota Stalcup and Derek Lamb. Finally, outside linebacker Cole Cooper.”
Texas High 8A 26, Sulphur Springs 8
TEXARKANA — Dreams of taking a win on the road for the eighth grade A Wildcats were dashed as Texas High won 26-8.
Simeon Taylor threw to Tiesan Goodson for a 45-yard touchdown connection for the lone Sulphur Springs score.
Lawrence Worth had 25 yards rushing on three carries. Jaxon Reneau added 20 yards on three rushing attempts.
Quarterback Ryan Humphries had more than 20 yards rushing and completed 5 of 15 passes for 28 yards.
Coach Colten Lovvorn said, “Sebastian ‘The Bandit’ Adams led the defense with five tackles. Ryder Caddell and Zack Morton also caused a lot of commotion for quarterback. Lots of positive things are being seen with this eighth grade group. They are a good group of kids that play well together. Now we will get the teams ready for Hallsville.”
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