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Wildcats skin Bobcats at Prim, 65-38

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    The Sulphur Springs Wildcats responded to a disappointing loss, but taking it out on the next district opponent.


    One week after get whipped 43-7 at Texas High; the Wildcats exploded for a 65-38 win over Hallsville before a delighted crowd at Gerald Prim Stadium on a cool, October night.
    The win tied Sulphur Springs and Hallsville at 2-1 in the District 14-4A race.
    Willy Ivery had 348 total yards and five touchdowns in the win. Ivery caught two passes both for two touchdowns and 158 yards and ran 13 times for 190 yards and three scores.
    Larry Pryor completed 18-of-25 passes for 441 yards, five touchdowns, one interception.
    Sulphur Springs had 736 yards of total offense, racking up 12.7 yards per play.
    Hallsville had 406 yards on the night and were forced to punt four times. Dekeiston Mosley and Bryton Wood has sacks. Top tacklers were Zach Spigner with 10 while Dedric Smith had nine and Barry Stribling added eight. Hallsville was held to 5.6 yards yards per play.
    "It was a great win for our kids. We came out with a lot of energy, got some scores and got rolling. I was really impressed with how much energy we had," said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. Our defense made some stops when we had to, it was a big win. Willy had a huge night for us. This was a big bounce back win for us."
    Owens said, "We got off to a fast start and were able to build the lead. But I never really felt comfortable. Not in today's football. You'd like to be three scores ahead. Teams can come back so quickly with long plays and onside kicks. We've done it and had it done to us. Hallsville had some talent, their quarterback (Macailyn Wilder) is a good runner. They have some speed. No. 4 (Andre Jones) is a very fast runner. We were able to contain them and make the plays. ”
    The Wildcats played like they had been challenged never letting up despite fierce opposition from the Bobcats.
    The game began with Sulphur Springs driving for a score on their first possession. Ivery broke from the pack for a 48-yard gain. Innocent onlookers did not know at that point, the run would be just a sample of things to come, and not even his best dash of the night. The drive ended while quarterback Larry Pryor converted a fourth and 11 from the 29 of Hallsville by throwing a scoring laser strike to Alex Burney over the middle. Ivery got the two point conversion on a run. The Wildcats were up 8-0, ready to kick things in high gear and 11 minutes still remained in the opening frame.
    The Bobcats drove from their own 26-yard line into Wildcat territory. Hallsville was doing well on the ground, picking up first downs with Wilder runs. Then the quarterback went to the airway and Wilder’s pass landed in the hands of Sulphur Springs defender Brennan Brock. The Wildcats took over at their 5-yard line with 9:32 left in the first quarter.
    Owens said, "That interception by Brock early in the game was huge."
    The turnover kept the Bobcats from scoring and gave the ball back to the Wildcats.
    Sulphur Springs took over at their own 5-yard line. The Wildcats picked up 35 yards on passes from Pryor to Isaiah Lacy and runs by Ivery and Pryor. The drive stalled and Hallsville kept the Wildcats from converting on fourth down.
    Hallsville got the ball back on the short field. The Bobcats moved from the Sulphur Springs 36-yard line down to the 11. Hallsville had to settle for a Paden Brown 28-yard field goal. But the Bobcats were on the board, slicing the Sulphur Springs lead to 8-3.
    The scoreboard was lighting up again with the Wildcats setting up shop at their own 20 following the ensuing kickoff. Having a lot of real estate to cover, Pryor did the smart thing and let Ivery soar. Pryor threw a screen pass to Ivery that the senior speedster turned into a long touchdown. Ivery caught the ball, followed blocks and zoomed to the outside, out-racing the Bobcat secondary to the goal line. Burney ran over for the two point conversion. With 3:21 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats were up 16-3.
    Hallsville did not back away from the challenge and soon had a scoring drive of their own. The Bobcats got a 27-yard pass from Wilder to Jones. Two plays later, the same pair combined for a 2-yard gain. After reaching deep inside Wildcat territory, Wilder called his own number, scoring on a three-yard run. Brown's extra point tightened the score to 16-10.
    Lacy started the next drive and finished it. Lacy had a 39-yard kickoff return, setting the Wildcats up near midfield. Pryor took advantage of good field position and threw a perfect strike to Lacy on the next play. The scoring combination covered 46 yards. From the two-yard line of the Bobcats, Ivery did the honors scoring on a burst up the middle for the touchdown. Sulphur Springs was up 23-10 and the second quarter was about to start in the scoring fest.
    Sulphur Springs got tough on defense and forced a punt by the Bobcats after just three plays.
    The Wildcats began their next possession on their own 22-yard line. Pryor threw to Ivery for a short run and catch which turned into a 78-yard scoring play. Ivery did his act of slipping through traffic, using blocking and then turning on the jets to win the race to the end zone. Ryan Watson's extra point padded the Wildcats lead to 30-10 with 10:14 left before intermission.
    Hallsville ran into tough sledding on their next possession. The Bobcats were hammered and held, several Wilder passes fell incomplete, prompting a punt.
    Three plays later it was the Ivery show again. Ivery scored on a 44-yard run in what can be described as one of the most amazing runs in the history of high school football.
    Ivery took the ball and saw a wall of Bobcats and reverse field. Cutting back he picked up a stone cold block by Pryor to peal back and defender and give Ivery more running room. Ivery then dip and darted through traffic, stopping on the dime, then resuming the run. He picked up additional blocks going across the grain and finish the run in the end zone causing the home crowd to gasp and buzz following the Barry Sanders-type maneuvers which gave him his fourth touchdown of the first half. The score extended the Sulphur springs lead to 37-10.
    "I was directed by God on that run. I just ran hard as I could, I picked up blocks from Larry and other teammates," Ivery said. "When guys are working that hard to get blocks, you just gotta score. I scanned the field and found an opening."
    The scoring play turned out to be Ivery's last play of the first half and he fell victim to dehydration and required treatment in an ambulance - including an IV of fluids.
    Hallsville struck back for a score of their own in the second half of the second quarter. Wilder threw to Kha"lil Sneed for a 24-yard scoring play to cap a 65-yard scoring drive. The extra point made it a 37-17 game.
    The next drive for Sulphur Springs featured Tyler Rosamond at tail back replacing Ivery. Pryor also cranked up the passing game. The junior quarterback was pinpoint perfect with throws. He connected with Burney for a 25-yard gain. He then found Dillon Carpenter for completions of 13 and 9 yards. Pryor went back to Burney for a completion which moved the ball to the 24-yard line of the Bobcats. Pryor then took off and covered the final yardage needed on a run up the middle, bulling over defenders for the touchdown. Watson's kick again split the upright, now the Sulphur Springs lead was at 44-17, the biggest margin in the game.
    The defense seemed to get a spark from the success of the Wildcats offense. Dekeistan  Mosley sacked Wilder for a key sack. The Bobcats would not get back in gear and soon had to punt.
    Sulphur Springs tried to score in the final seconds of the first half. But a long bomb from Pryor to C.J. Stephens was stopped short of the goal line as time expired.
    The Bobcats were attempting to stay within striking distance as they score on their first drive of the third period. Wilder directed the team 65 yards using passes and runs to move the ball. Sneed picked up a key first down deep in Wildcats territory. Stephon Dunn capped the possession with a short scoring run. The point after made it a 20-point gain, 44-24 with 9:15 still to play in the third frame.
    Sulphur Springs did not disappoint and came storming back. The 10-play drive by the Wildcats covered 74 yards in three minutes. Pryor threw a perfect strike to Lacy for a 25-yard touchdown to put the icing on the cake. Watson again boomed the point after and Sulphur Springs saw their lead balloon to 51-24.
    The teams traded turnovers late in the third quarter.
    While Sulphur Springs got a fumble recovery, they gave the ball pack on a Pryor pick.
    The Bobcats scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Wilder to make it a 51-31 contest with 6:10 left in the third frame.
    Hallsville was no within 20 points.
    Then, like a superhero returning flying in from central casting - Ivery came back into the game was deep to return the kickoff. No. 1 was back on the field.
    The kickoff did not go to Ivery, but soon the Wildcats did.
    Ivery first ran for seven yards, just to get warmed back up. Pryor ran for a first down at the 47-yard line. Then Ivery took it to the house on his next touch. Ivery hugged the handoff, cut through defenders and raced 53-yards for a touchdown. Watson's kick extended the lead to 58-31.
    Hallsville would not surrender and Wilder threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Jamil Young. The Wildcats lead was now 58-31 and the fourth period was still left to be played.
    In the opening minutes of the final frame, Pryor ended the scoring for the Wildcats with a beautiful arching pass which fell into the arms of Carpenter for a 22-yard touchdown.
    Both teams used reserve players late. Sulphur Springs took the win by the 65-38 final.
    Ivery said, "We did what the coaches wanted us to do. We defended the Prim. Hallsville came in here at 2-0 and we did not want them to leave here 3-0. We got the win and we are fighting now for second place."
    Ivery said he was feeling better and was able to return after getting fluids and treatment.
    "I was dehydrated, I did not drink enough water, but I will next week," Ivery said after the game. "Right now, I feel brand new."
    The Wildcats play at Pine Tree on Nov. 1. The Pirates lost 45-42 in action against Marshall.

 

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