Sub-varsity football games played at Sulphur Springs were split with one win going to the home team and the visitors taking the other contest.
Games were moved Thursday night to the track complex with a small scoreboard installed for the fans. The field had a few slick spots, but due to drainage was not really a factor in the games.
The move was made by athletic director Greg Owens after he decided that standing water and wet conditions at Gerald Prim Stadium made the home field unplayable. Officials did not want to damage the grass on the field with a home game set Nov. 18 at the location for Senior Night.
Pine Tree 9A 14,
Sulphur Springs 6
The first game of the night went to the visitors by a 14-6 score.
Sulphur Springs freshmen played well, but could not contain the speed of the Pine Tree running backs.
Turnovers also hurt the Wildcat attack and limited scoring drives.
The teams traded turnovers early. A Sulphur Springs drive was halted when Pine Tree picked off a pass by the Wildcats.
Pine Tree’s opening possession just lasted three plays when a fumble by the Pirates gave the Wildcats the ball in great field position near midfield. Anthony Johnson was in the right place to fall on the pigskin for Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats put together a five-minute scoring drive for a score. Dillan Rogers had four runs in the first five plays as Sulphur Springs moved 25 yards. Pine Tree called a time out to regroup, trying to find a way to slow down the assault. Easton Silman’s next pass fell incomplete. But Silman found his favorite target Tyrese Peters open for an eight-yard reception. Kyle Dodd has the next carry and was stopped for no gain. Three plays later, Sulphur Springs capped the drive with Rogers scoring on a two-yard burst over the goal line behind nice blocking. The extra point attempt failed. with 3:09 left in the first period, Sulphur Springs had a quick 6-0 lead.
It only took Pine Tree four plays and two minutes to respond to the touchdown. Maliq Owens scored for the Pirates on a 38-yard touchdown run on a fourth down call. The kick by Fernando Vizeuth booted the extra point boot to give the visiting Pirates a 7-6 lead.
Peters set up the Wildcats in great field position returning the ensuing kickoff for more than 50 yards. Sulphur Springs began their next drive at the 17-yard line of Pine Tree as the first quarter ended.
The Wildcats moved closer, but the Pirates picked off another pass to kill the scoring chance.
Pine Tree took over and controlled the ball and held the football for five minutes before the Wildcats halted the drive at the 30-yard line.
Sulphur Springs also saw their drive stall, forcing a punt.
The first half ended with the Wildcats on the short end of the 7-6 score.
In the third period, defenses controlled the early action.
Sulphur Springs jumped all over the visiting Pirates forcing a punt.
The Wildcats were also forced to punt which turned into a big play for the Pirates. Pine Tree got a 40-yard return, setting up the Pirates at the 14-yard line of Sulphur Springs.
The Pirates used the speed of Owens to race in for the touchdown. The extra point was good and Pine Tree took a 14-6 lead with 2:22 left in the third frame.
Sulphur Springs moved from their own territory to the 32 of Pine Tree. The Wildcats rode the arm of Silman who completed two passes to Peters and a nice screen toss to Heston Golightly. Rogers added some key runs for first downs. Action moved to the final period just as the drive for the Wildcats was halted. A fourth and two for Sulphur Springs was halted with the running attempt got stonewalled by Pine Tree.
The Pirates took over at their own 30 with 8:39 left in the game. Then the Pine Tree team kept the ball and milked the clock as they protected their lead.
Sulphur Springs finally got the ball back when Azar Miles recovered a fumble with 1:55 left. The Wildcats turned the ball back over, Pine Tree picked off a pass to secure the win.
The Pirates won by the final of 14-6.
Coach Chris Valdovinos said, “The kids played extremely hard, but just came up on the short end. Offensive standouts were Rogers with 14 rushing attempts for 81 yards and Kyle Dodd four rushing attempts for 15 yards. The offensive line of Christian Ingram, Richard Green, Gideon Gregory, Cy Killam and Cameron Davis.”
The coach also listed defensive standouts as Matthew Reynolds who made big hits and touchdown saving tackles; linebackers - Kyle Dodd, Daniel Sosa and Azar Myles and linemen - Cameron Davis, Logan Pierce, Christian Ingram and Anthony Johnson.
Sulphur Springs JV 35, Pine Tree 0
The hometown Wildcats jumped out to a three touchdown lead in the first half and never looked back, rolling over the Pirates, 35-0.
Quarterback Drew McCullough threw two touchdown passes. Quarterback Tanner Ramirez had one touchdown toss. Derek Lamb scored twice.
The Wildcats did not score in the first quarter, but made their presence known with tough defense, forcing a punt.
Sulphur Springs spurted on offense and could not overcome an early penalty.
Action shifted to the second frame with the Wildcats getting in gear.
Sulphur Springs recovered a fumble and scored on the very next play.
Derek Lamb raced over for the touchdown as the Wildcats got on the board. Mark Maddox boomed the extra point to give the home team a 7-0 lead with 9:44 left in the second period.
Later in the period, the Sulphur Springs defense held the Pirates at the 44-yard line of the Wildcats, taking over on downs.
Again the Wildcats did not take long to score as McCullough threw over the middle to wide open Lamb for a 44-yard touchdown connection. The kick failed and Sulphur Springs had to settle for a 13-0 lead with 1:51 left in the first half.
Ramirez, also the kicking specialist, boomed the kickoff and was rewarded with a touchback.
Pine Tree could only advance three yards on three plays and soon the Wildcats got the ball back.
In the final seven seconds of the first half, Ramirez threw to Scott Galarza for a 32-yard score. Ramirez tossed the conversion pass to Lamb. The first half ended with Sulphur Springs in control, riding a 21-0 score.
The second half started with a bang as the Wildcats drove 47-yards for a score. McCullough found Keylon Hall open for a six-yard scoring pass. Maddox made the extra point to pad the advantage to 28-0.
Pine Tree soon fumbled with Dakota Stalcup covering the loose pigskin for the Wildcats.
Three play later, Sulphur Springs was back on the scoreboard. Coby Hutchins scored on a two-yard run.
Coach Bruce Silman said, “The offensive line blocked very well and provided good running alleys for us. We are very pleased with all the players efforts and making plays when they have the opportunities.”
The final tally gave the Wildcats the 35-0 lead that would be the final.
“The Wildcat JV had a stellar night on both sides of the ball with an impressive 35-0 win. The Wildcat "Darkside" defense came away with their first shut out of the year,” said coach Scott Rozell. “Defense standouts start with the secondary with Hall, Ramirez, Galarza and Devin Douglas. Ramirez and Hall both ended up with turnovers in the second half, a fumble recovery from Ramirez and a crazy interception by Hall in the fourth quarter.”
Rozell added, “Up front, the force unit was again lead by line backers Hutchins, Cole Cooper and Ronald Arellano. Defensive line standouts were tackles, Israel Moreno, Dre Porter and Brandon Foster. Great play on the edge by defensive ends - Stalcup and Lamb.”
Sulphur Springs 8B 6, Pine Tree 0
LONGVIEW — In action played at the new Pirate Stadium, the Wildcats came out with a 6-0 win in eighth grade B football competition.
Coach Clark Cipoletta said offensive standouts were Connor Nix, Johnathan Alvarez, Bryson Lynn and Jamal Hobson-Cox. On defense, leaders were Tyler Armstrong, Sean Rogers and Kyle Alexander.
Nix threw to Lynn for a 40-yard score which won the game for the Wildcats.
Pine Tree 8A 27,
Sulphur Springs 14
Also in Longview, the eighth grade A Wildcats came up short, losing 27-14 to Pine Tree.
A highlight for the Wildcats was a 93-yard kickoff return by Sebastian Adams.
“Defensively, we played well. We just have to break down when we tackle and take better angles,” said coach Colten Lovvorn. “Offensively, we struggled to block the defense. But we moved the ball. Offensive standouts were Ryan Humphries, Simeon Taylor and Jaxon Reneau.”
Humphries completed 11-of-21 passes for 93 yards and had six carries for 32 yards. Taylor caught four passes for 57 yards. Reneau had seven rushing attempts for 28 yards; Lawrence Worth had six carries for 20 yards. Tyrese Pryor caught three passes for 29 yards.
“Defensive standouts Pryor, Tiesan Goodson, KJ Abron, and Worth,” Lovvorn said. “Dedric Godbolt had one interception playing great pass coverage. Our ‘mike’ linebacker, Pryor, played a lot better this game. He seems to be figuring it out what it takes to be a good defensive player. Goodson came downhill quick to make tackles. Worth and KJ Abron swarmed to the ball at ‘will’ linebacker. It was a great game and these kids played with pride.”
The eighth grade Wildcats play their final home game Nov. 7 against Marshall.
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