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SS eighth graders lose at home

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    Thursday night action outdoors had the cool feel of fall football, but not very good results for Sulphur Springs fans.
    Of the four games played at two locations, Sulphur Springs managed one win.

    In home competition held at the high school track complex field, the eighth grade teams lost both tilts to Marshall.

Marshall 8B 14,
 Sulphur Springs 6
    The most competitive game of the night was first game played Thursday at the home field.
    Marshall scored twice to take an early lead. The Wildcats came back to get a touchdown, but could not post a late score to tie the contest.
    Sulphur Springs got an early break when defensive back Kyle Alexander picked off a pass to quell at potential Marshall uprising.
    Wildcat quarterback Connor Nix completed a pass to Jamal Hobson-Cox for a short gain, but soon the home team was punting.
    The Mavericks made the most of the special teams play as Triston McCormick’s long punt was returned 89-yards for a touchdown by Trevor Clark of Marshall. The try for a two point conversion failed, but Marshall was up 6-0 with 6:05 left before the half.
    Daniel Murillo and Gage Pogue had some good runs for the Wildcats. Nix threw to Ty Latham for a short gain. Again the drive stalled out, as Marshall took over.
    The visiting Mavericks got a touchdown toss from Clark. Clark also ran over for the conversion to pad the Marshall lead to 14-0 as the first half ended.
    In the second half, runs by Tieson Goodson and Logan Oxford netted yardage. Nix threw to McCormick for a 12-yard gain to move the ball near midfield. The Marshall defense got tough, forcing another punt.
    The defense came up big again for Sulphur Springs when Brandon Diosdado recovered a fumble setting up a score for the Wildcats.
    Taking over the four-yard line of Marshall, the Wildcats scored three plays later when Oxford went up the middle for a touchdown run. The extra point try was no good, but Sulphur Springs had reduced the Marshall lead to 14-6 with 2:48 left in the third period.
    Sulphur Springs drove in the fourth quarter, making it to the 34 of Marshall before they were turned away.
    The Wildcats got another chance late but could not convert.
    Sulphur Springs lost by the 14-6 final.
    Defensive standouts were Vincent Morales, Chasen Williams, Alexander and Hobson-Cox.
Marshall 8A 48,
 Sulphur Springs 0
    This game belonged to Marshall early as they erupted for 16 points in the first quarter and continued to use their speed to score on the wet field.
    Demarcus Alexander wore No. 13 for the Mavericks and was certainly unlucky for the Wildcats. Alexander scored on touchdown runs of 47 and 11 from scrimmage and had a two point conversion. Alexander had an 88-yard punt return later in the game. Cortez Hurd and Eric Timberlake also scored for the Mavericks.
    Sulphur Springs fell behind 16-0 after one quarter. Marshall continued to control the ball and the clock scoring three more times in the second period, each time adding the two point conversion.
    The Wildcats were on the short end of a 40-0 score at intermission.
    Sulphur Springs tried to get a drive going with good blocking allowing Jaxon Reneau and Lawrence Worth to pick up yardage.
    Quarterback Ryan Humphries often had to scramble from the pocket, due to pressure by Marshall. he completed passes to Simeon Taylor and Diedric Godbolt for short gains.
    The Marshall squad padded their lead with a third quarter touchdown and two-point conversion to go up by a 48-0 score which was the final.
    Making tackles for losses were Gage Penson, KJ Abron, Iverson Wade and Taylor Arrington.
    Other standouts were  on the defensive line Ramon Hernandez
linebacker  Reneau and safety Sebastian Adams according to coach Colten Lovvorn.
    The C team also had an intrasquad scrimmage according to coaches.

Sulphur Springs JV 26, Marshall 24
    It was a combination of steady defense with a potent offense which led to a 26-24 road win by the Sulphur Springs junior varsity.
    Drew McCullough threw three touchdown passes in the win.
    McCullough’s first scoring pass covered 50 yards to Derek Lamb. The try for two failed.
    McCullough went back to the skies and tossed a 35-yard scoring strike to speedy Scott Galarza. Mark Maddox booted the extra point.
    The winning combination of McCullough to Lamb worked again, this time on a 30-yard scoring pass. Maddox was perfect with the extra point.
    The final score of the night came when Luis Colorado broke free for a five-yard scoring jaunt. The point after try was no good.
    “Key catches on the night were made by Tanner Graham and Devin Douglas,” said coach Bruce Silman. “The offensive line did a great job providing us opportunities to run the football. I am very proud of how the players responded to being down 18-0. They played with a lot of passion and heart and made the plays when they needed to.”
    Coach Scott Rozell said he was pleased with the defensive effort. Sulphur Springs forced a punt by Marshall on their first drive. On the second drive, Marshall scored, but Dakota Stalcup blocked the extra point kick.
    Sulphur Springs allowed a third touchdown to fall behind 18-0, but did not surrender.
    Galarza, Ramirez and Coby Hutchins shut down the Marshall offense, according to Rozell.
    “In the late fourth quarter with time running out, Marshall's offense was driving the field, down by six and had the momentum.  Marshall does score and the Wildcat defense wins the game on the last play of the night defending a two-point conversion try from the three-yard line for the win,” Rozell said. “The final play and hit on the quarterback was made Cole Cooper and defensive end   Stalcup.”
    Defensive standouts, last night and all year was:  secondary  Galarza, Ramirez, Keylon Hall and Douglas; linebacker corps,  Hutchins, Cooper and Roland Arellano. Defensive line:  Derek Lamb, Israel Moreno, Dre Porter and Stalcup, according to Rozell.

Marshall 9A 52,
Sulphur Springs 28
    The freshman action was limited to one game with Marshall not fielding a B team.
    Marshall won the A game, 52-28 with the contest closer than the score indicates.
    Quarterback Easton Silman had 220 yards passing and three touchdown passes. Tyrese Peters caught two scoring passes and had 87 receiving yards. Tyrek Cork caught passes for 109 yards and one score. Dillan Rogers ran 20 times of 89 yards and also had a touchdown.
    “It was a close game to the end, when the game got away from us,” said coach Chris Valdovinos. “The kids played hard, but could not pull off the win. I am extremely proud of the effort the entire season and how far along the team have come. I am looking forward to seeing the young men mature and progress a football players.”
    Valdovinos listed Christian Ingram, Cork, Taylor Ibarra, Logan Pierce and Kinsey Jackson as defensive leaders.   




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