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Wildcats, Pirates clash in offensive show

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Sulphur Springs is near the top of the standings, Pine Tree is tied for last place.

    But one thing the teams have in common is their ability to more the ball and get the scoreboard clicking.
    Pine Tree at 3-5 overall, 0-3 in district has lost four games in a row. But the defeats did not come from a lack of offense.
    Sulphur Springs is 5-3 on the year. The Wildcats are shooting for their second straight district win. Sulphur Springs won 65-38 last week over Hallsville including more than 700 yards of total offense, averaging 12 yards a play. The Wildcats scored 70 points on Pine Tree just a year ago.
    For the year, Sulphur Springs has scored 331 points, allowed 313. Pine Tree has scored 247 and surrendered 334 points.
    Sulphur Springs paces the district on offense. The Wildcats are averaging 475.4 yards per game. They have accumulated 1,920 yards rushing and 1,883 passing for a 3,803 yards total. Nearly a perfect 50-50 mix of run and pass.
    Willy Ivery is the top rusher in the district and is averaging 8.19 yards per carry. The senior speedster has 127 carries for 1,040 yards with 21 rushing touchdowns.
    Wildcat quarterback Larry Pryor is the No. 6 rusher in the district with 592 yards on 95 carries for a 6.23 average and seven scores.
    Pryor is No. 2 in the district in passing. He has completed 126-of-198 passes (63 percent) for 1,808 yards, 15 touchdowns with five interceptions. His game against Hallsville was perhaps his best, as he threw for 441 yards with five touchdowns. He completed at least two passes to six different receivers.
    Top receivers for the year include: Alex Burney with 32 catches for 439 yards and five scores; Isaiah Lacy has 28 grabs for 457 yards and four scores, including an 83-yarder.
    Pine Tree is second in the district, the Pirates are averaging 414.1 yards per game on offense. They are last in defense, giving up an average of 488.3 yards a game.
    Top rusher for the Pirates is Dalvin Manns with 399 yards on 73 carries with seven touchdowns.
    Manns, at quarterback, is third in passing. He has completed 100-of-176 passes for 1,773 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions.
    Mason Hays is tied for second in receiving for the district. Hays has 846 yards on 37 receptions with eight scores. Douglas Morgan has 26 grabs for 388 yards.
    Manns also leads the district in punting with a 37.24 average. Ryan Watson of Sulphur Springs is second at 35.73 yards per punt.




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