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SS fans can hope for history to repeat itself

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     FORNEY -- After suffering through a miserable night that included near-freezing temperatures, drizzling rain and strong north winds Friday night at City Bank Stadium, Sulphur Springs Wildcat fans can hope that history repeats itself.


     No, SSHS fans don’t want a repeat of Friday night’s weather, but they wouldn’t mind a repeat of what happened the last time the Wildcats were beaten by Whitehouse in the playoffs.
    In 2007, Whitehouse won both the regular season match-up with Sulphur Springs and an early playoff pairing. The next year, Sulphur Springs won the state championship. This season, Whitehouse again won both the regular season (66-21) and playoff (38-14) showdowns, so Wildcat fans can look forward to next season.
    Overall, Sulphur Springs holds a 19-7 overall advantage in the all-time series between the two teams.

 
      EARLY ENDING – Record-setting running back Willy Ivery had an early end to his senior season. After gaining 149 yards on 21 carries and scoring one touchdown in the first half, Ivery twisted an ankle on the first play of the second half after a 15-yard gain. He left the game and tried to come back later but the ankle gave out on him again on a 6-yard loss. Ivery finished the season with 27 rushing touchdowns, one short of Ryan Young’s school record of 28, accomplished in 16 games. … Quarterback Larry Pryor finished unofficially with 2,657 yards passing, which would rank him fourth all-time in school history. … Ivery finished unofficially with 1,672 yards rushing, which would also rank him fourth in a single season. … Later in the week, the News-Telegram will recap who wrote their names in the school record book this season.

 
    QUICK COMEBACK – Sulphur Springs scored a touchdown in the second quarter and another in the third quarter, each time to cut the deficit to seven points, but after each TD, Whitehouse responded with a one-play touchdown drive of its own. … The Wildcat defense held Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes, a Texas Tech commit, to 1 yard rushing on 10 carries in the first half, but Mahomes had 76 yards on six carries in the second half. … Whitehouse had five running plays of 20 or more yards. SSHS had two. … Tyler Rosamond had 12 yards rushing on six carries and also had a sack on defense. … Sulphur Springs was 0-for-6 on fourth down conversion attempts, including three inside the Whitehouse 25-yard line.  Whitehouse was 0-for-2 on fourth-down tries. … Melroy Givens had two pass break-ups, while Derick Ingram, Jaylon Dugan and Ivery had one each. … Bryton Wood had the SSHS fumble recovery.
 
    WEATHER CONDITIONS – SSHS had difficulty getting the passing game going in the raw conditions, resulting in 10 straight incompletions before the first completion, a 24-yard reception by Dillon Carpenter in the second quarter. Carpenter finished with a team-high three catches for 54 yards. … Both teams lost one fumble. Sulphur Springs’ lost fumble came on a short punt that hit a Wildcat blocker. … How strong was the wind? On four punts with the wind at their backs, the teams’ punters averaged 44.5 yards per kick. Into the wind on three punts, the average was 20.3 yards. … DeAndre Wright partially blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt by Whitehouse, but the play did not count because SSHS committed a penalty. Whitehouse, however, missed the next attempt from 31 yards. … The longest play of the game was an 81-yard TD reception by Whitehouse’s Jake Parker. It came on a tipped pass that fell into his hands behind the secondary. … Whitehouse’s Mahomes was 0-for-5 passing in the second half. … SSHS was penalized three times for pass interference. Overall, the Wildcats were flagged seven times for 70 yards, while Whitehouse was hit eight times for 60 yards.

 

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