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Sulphur Springs Wildcat notes

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Sulphur Springs senior Devion Hill might not have started at running back Friday night if classmate Shane McQueen had not sprained an ankle in the Wildcats’ final scrimmage last week. But, Hill certainly made the most of his opportunity.
The 170-pounder carved up the Paris defense for 242 yards on 28 carries, a gawdy 8.6 per-carry average, and two touchdowns, including a game-sealing 40-yard scoring jaunt midway through the fourth quarter. Hill was expected to see time at running back, whether McQueen was healthy or not, but getting 28 carries was a surprise. He hammered out 134 yards on 19 carries in the second half alone.
He was escorted down the field by the offensive line of Chris Sorley, Mason Y’Barbo, Colby Suggs, Tyler Halerumal, Beau Carpenter and Alex Peek.

TYPICAL FIRST GAME —The Wildcats were able to put up 33 points despite five turnovers and nine penalties. Two of the turnovers came in the red zone and one penalty wiped out an 8-yard TD run by Hill. … Sulphur Springs also had trouble in the punting game, getting just an 11.8-yard average on three boots, and the Wildcats suffered a fumble on another would-be punt when Fernando Arellano got trapped behind the line for a 17-yard loss. … Paris, meanwhile, also had nine penalties and suffered two turnovers. One of their turnovers was especially costly when SSHS junior cornerback Sharard Timmons returned an interception 58 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Three of Paris’ penalties led to Sulphur Springs’ first downs. … Paris also had a player ejected in the fourth quarter.

DON’T STOP – SSHS senior safety Triston Crook ran down Paris speedster Aaron Ethridge in the second quarter to save a Paris TD. Ethridge ripped off a 50-yard run and was sprinting down the sideline when Crook caught him at the ankles. The Wildcat defense then held Paris on downs. … Ethridge finished the game with two runs of 50 or more yards and a 53-yard pass reception. On the reception, he was caught by Timmons before he could score. … Defensive end Kedrick Dial, linebackers Jocko Spataro and Tyler Higginbotham were all very active on defense, leading the team in tackles.

MR. VERSATILITY – It’s difficult to get SSHS senior Bryant “Day Day” Jackson, who has verbally committed to play football at the University of Texas, off the field. Jackson started at cornerback (where he recovered a fumble) and at wide receiver (he caught a 53-yard TD pass from Colton Lee), plus he returned three punts for a 20-yard average and played a little quarterback to boot (carrying the ball three times for 30 yards). … Sulphur Springs is now 7-1 against Paris in the teams’ last eight meetings.



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