Another game, another school record – almost.
It seems like school records keep dropping almost every game with the high-powered Sulphur Springs Wildcat offense, and Friday night, junior quarterback Larry Pryor almost had his name at the top of the list.
Pryor, who had not played quarterback before this season, threw for 441 yards and five touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 65-38 victory over Hallsville. That puts him in second-place all time in both single game categories.
His total passing yards are second only to Tyrik Rollison’s 476 yards against Lindale in 2007, and his five touchdowns tie him for second on the list with Rollison and Justin Owens behind the six touchdowns thrown by Rollison (vs. Liberty-Eylau in 2007) and Logan Turner (vs. Paris in 2005).
Pryor had 359 yards passing in the first half as he had completions of 29, 80, 54, 78, 26 and 50 yards. He also ran nine times for 81 yards and another TD. Pryor played just one series in the fourth quarter before coming out.
Willy Ivery, who scored seven touchdowns just a few weeks ago, had five more on Friday – three rushing and two receiving. Ivery also turned in the most electrifying single play of the season in the second quarter when he took a handoff from the left hashmark, sprinted to the right sideline, got spun around by an attempted tackler, went 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage all the way across to the left sideline, broke a pair of tackles, went down the home sideline until he had to cut back to the middle, stopped near the goalline to sidestep another tackler and scored the 43-yard TD. Ivery got devastating blocks on the run by Pryor and CJ Stephens to free him.
FOURTH DOWN MAGIC – Every down should be fourth down for the Wildcats. They scored two touchdowns while going for it on fourth down. … Overall, the Wildcats were 2-for-3 on fourth down tries Friday night. … Sulphur Springs also did well on extra point conversions. After the first TD, Ivery ran in the 2-point conversion out of the Wildcat formation. After the second TD, Alex Burney took off from his holder’s spot to run in the conversion. Kicker Ryan Watson also nailed all seven extra points he attempted. … SSHS averaged 9.2 yards per carry rushing, including a 14.6-yard average by Ivery. … Pryor averaged more than 17 yards per attempt passing and about 25 yards per completion. … Overall, the Wildcats had 12 plays from scrimmage of more than 20 yards. … One of the long plays, a 50-yard pass to CJ Stephens, came on the final play of the first half, but Stephens was tackled on the 1-yard line as time ran out.
TURNOVERS – The Wildcats won the turnover battle as cornerback Brennan Brock had a first-quarter interception and sophomore defensive end Derrick Weeks recovered a fumble on the 2-yard line. … Linebacker Dekeiston Mosley and lineman Bryton Wood each had a sack on Hallsville’s final drive of the first half to thwart a Bobcat scoring chance. … Junior safety Zach Spigner, lineman Garret Hood and linebacker Dedric Smith were the Wildcats’ top tacklers. … The Wildcat defense limited Hallsville’s top rusher, quarterback Macailyn Wilder, to 102 yards on 20 carries. Wilder threw for 191 yards, but completed just 13-of-30 passes. His top target was Andre Jones, who caught seven passes for 143 yards. … The Wildcat defense also forced four Bobcat punts and ended one drive on downs.
ODDS AND ENDS – Hallsville had the shortest scoring drive possible in the third quarter: 1 yard on 1 play. It occurred following a diving interception by the Bobcats’ Jacob Taylor on a ball thrown by Pryor as he was getting hit in the endzone. … The Wildcats also had the shortest penalty possible: 0 yards. It occurred in the same series when the Wildcats were at their own 1-yard line and were hit with an illegal motion penalty. Officially, the line of scrimmage stayed at the 1. … SSHS had four touchdown “drives” that consisted of three or fewer plays. That’s what can happen when Willy Ivery has the pigskin in his hands. The quote of the night came from assistant coach Chris Owens, who said after the game, “I sure am glad No. 1 is on our team.” … Four different players caught TD passes: Ivery, Burney, Isaiah Lacy and Dillon Carpenter. … Punter Ryan Watson was called on twice. He had a 40-yard punt and a 48-yarder that was downed inside the 20. … Lacy also performed well on kickoff returns with three for a 26-yard average include a 39-yarder.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – Texas High remained the only undefeated team in District 14-4A as they cruised by Mount Pleasant, 51-15, Friday night. T-High is now 7-1 overall, 3-0 in district, while Mount Pleasant dropped to 0-3 (3-5 overall). Marshall’s 45-42 victory over Pine Tree leaves the Mavericks with a 2-1 record (3-5 overall) and tied for second in the district with Sulphur Springs and Hallsville (both 5-3 overall, 2-1 in district). Pine Tree dropped to 0-3 (3-5 overall). … If the top four teams in the district remain the same (Texas High, Marshall, Hallsville and Sulphur Springs), then T-High and Marshall would be the Division I playoff teams and Hallsville and SSHS would be Division II.
Sulphur Springs, by virtue of Friday night’s victory over the Bobcats, have the inside track for the top seed in Division II.
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