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Cats make point, scoring 66 in win over Jackets

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    Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboy coach Barry Switzer used to talk about “hanging half-a-hundred” on other teams, but even Switzer never did it in a half.

    The Sulphur Springs Wildcats did Friday night. For the first time in school history, the Wildcats put up 50 points in the first half of their 66-42 victory over Denison in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
     The 66 points were the second-most in school playoff history, lagging behind only the 69 points the 2008 team scored in the state championship game.
    Junior quarterback Larry Pryor accounted for eight of the Wildcats’ nine touchdowns, four rushing and four passing. Pryor now has 15 rushing TDs and has thrown for 26 touchdowns. He is approaching 1,000 yard rushing (unofficially he has 929) and over 2,500 passing yards. Senior running back Willy Ivery scored one TD rushing and one receiving Friday to give him 26 rushing TDs (two off the single-season school record) and 31 combined TDs (three off the school record). He has surpassed the 1,500-yard rushing mark for the season.

    SPECIAL GAME – The Wildcats’ special teams had a sparkling night with two onside fumble recoveries, a punt downed inside the 20-yard line and two successful 2-point conversions. The only blemish was a kickoff return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. … The onside kicks were recovered by Zach Spigner and Dedric Smith. … In fact, it was the first onside recovery, by Spigner, that set the tone for the game. The Wildcats led 8-7 at the time, then punched in the next TD and never trailed. … Senior Ryan Watson had a 26-yard field goal and a 23-yard extra point following a holding call. … Watson also had a 39-yard punt that bounced out of bounds at the 11-yard line. … Denison was foolish enough to kick the ball to Ivery twice. The first time resulted in a 66-yard return inside the Yellow Jacket 10-yard line.

     PLAYING TAKE-AWAY – The Wildcat defense employed the best way to stop the opposing offense and give your offense easy scoring opportunities – take-aways. Along with the two onside kick recoveries, the Wildcats had a fumble recovery from Garret Hood and interceptions by Melroy Givens and DeAndre Wright. Following Hood’s recovery and Givens’ interception (and 94-yard return), the Wildcats scored on one play. … In fact, the Wildcats had three touchdown “drives” of one play each. … Derick Ingram had two tackles for losses, while Dallas Dannheim and Dekeiston Mosley had one tackle for a loss each. Givens also had a pass break-up. … Dedric Smith led the team in tackles, along with Ingram and Bryton Wood. … Denison was 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversion attempts. The Wildcats were 0-for-1.
    PEDAL DOWN – The Wildcats scored on 10 of their first 11 offensive possessions. … Ivery had 130 yards rushing on nine carries at halftime. He carried the ball just twice in the second half and ended with 135 yards. … The Wildcats turned the ball over once, on a fourth-quarter fumble following a bad snap. … Denison was led in rushing by quarterback Devon Blanton, who had 150 yards on 21 carries. … The Wildcats have now scored 500 points in 11 games, an average of 45.5, the highest in school history.

    SERIES NOTES – Since 1956, the Wildcats hold a 6-5 edge in the series with Denison. … The Yellow Jackets are the Wildcats’ most common playoff opponent, having played each other six times (Denison leads the playoff series 4-2). … The first playoff game in SSHS history was against Denison in 1922. … The last time the Wildcats beat the Yellow Jackets in the postseason was the third round of the 2008 state championship run. … The last time the Wildcats played a playoff game in Commerce was in 1952, when they lost in the first round to Terrell, the eventual state champion.

     AROUND THE DISTRICT – After Friday night, Sulphur Springs was the only 14-4A team to win their playoff match-up. In the Div. I bracket, Texas High (9-2) lost to McKinney North, 26-14, and Marshall (3-8) was doubled up by Wylie, 42-21. In Div. II, Hallsville (6-4) played Lucas Lovejoy (7-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Athens. … Sulphur Springs will now face old rival Whitehouse (11-0) in the area playoffs. Whitehouse beat Arlington Seguin, 50-44, in bi-district.




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