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Wildcats, Jackets clash in bi-district tonight

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      If both offensives live up their averages, the matchup tonight between Sulphur Springs and Denison with be thrilling, high-scoring show.

    Sulphur Springs comes in the bi-district contest averaging 505 yards and 43 points a game. Denison, known for their ground attack, averages 445 yards per game on offense, scoring at a 37 point per game clip.
    The Wildcats have almost a perfect 50-50 blend of passing and rushing as they enter the 11th game of the year and their first postseason outing.
    Willy Ivery, the rushing and scoring champion of District 14-4A, leads the ground attack.
    Ivery can turned a short pass or a routine handoff into a long thrilling run. And he has done it many times. Ivery has rushed for 1,386 yards and 25 touchdowns in less than nine games. Ivery has a potent 8.8 yard per carry average.
    For the year, the Wildcats have rushed 385 times of 2,666 yards and 40 touchdowns. Larry Pryor is the second leading rusher with 121 carries of 828 yards. Tyler Rosamond has 127 yards rushing. Quarterback Parker Aguilar has 26 carries for 103 yards.
    Pryor pulls the trigger on the powerful passing attack which averages 242.8 yards per game. Pryor completed 63 percent of his passes, accounting for 2,349 yards while throwing 244 times with 154 completions. Pryor has 22 touchdown passes with just six interceptions in his first year at the signal-caller.
    Alex Burney has 40 receptions for 559 yards and seven scores. Isaiah Lacy has the most yardage on receptions with 694 yards coming off 35 grabs. Dillon Carpenter has 25 catches for 314 yards; Ivery has 20 grabs for 359 yards; C.J. Stephens caught 18 passes for 220 yards while Mitchell DeYong pulled in 13 for 121 yards.
    The Sulphur Springs defense will be tasked with stopping or at least slowing down the ground attack of the Jackets.
    On the season, linebacker Dedric Smith tops the squad with 90 total tackles. Second is defensive end Garret Hood with 65. Other top tacklers are: Zach Spigner, 58; Cain Cody, 53; Bryton Wood, 47; Derick Ingram, 45; Dekeistan Mosley and Barry Stribling tied with 44 each.
    The Wildcats made 726 total tackles, including 60 for losses. Hood has seven tackles for losses with Smith and Cody turning in five each. Sulphur Springs made 21 sacks during the year, Cody has five and two quarterback hurries. Larry Pryor and Brennan Brock tied with two interceptions each. Carson Hicks had two fumbles caused and three recovered.
    Denison comes into postseason after a four-year absence. The Jackets went 2-8 in 2012 and were picked to finish fifth in the District 13-4A race in pre-season magazines.
    The Jackets have 30 returning letterman including 10 offensive and eight defensive starters for head coach Chad Rogers. Rogers has an 8-12 record at Denison, 104-52 overall.
    “Coach (Greg) Owens is one of the most respected coaches in the state," Rogers said. "Sulphur Springs has a great program. We are very excited about being in the playoffs."
    The Wildcats are making their seventh consecutive trip to the playoffs. Sulphur Springs fell in bi-district action a year ago.
    Ivery said, "We don't want to be one and done. We have been working hard, we want to get in the playoffs and stay a while."




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