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Sulphur Springs Wildcat football notes

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It’s not every day that a team’s center has the opportunity to score two touchdowns. But then again, not many teams have centers who are converted quarterbacks.

SSHS senior Colby Suggs, a quarterback in seventh, eighth and ninth grades who was switched to offensive line as a sophomore, returned to the backfield Friday night in the Wildcats’ short-yardage “bulls” formation. The alignment worked very well.
Running behind the right side beef of Alex Peek, Beau Carpenter, Dylan Owsley and Tyler Halerumal, Suggs gained 17 yards on four carries while scoring two touchdowns and converting a fourth-and-1 near midfield that kept another second-quarter scoring drive alive for the Wildcats.
Suggs also threw one pass, a fade route to Bryant “Day Day” Jackson in the end zone. After it fell incomplete, Suggs scored two plays later on a 1-yard plunge.
Wide receiver Garrett Ferguson, the holder on extra-point attempts, also got in on the scoring action when he took the swinging gate snap on the Wildcat’s second PAT attempt and went wide right for a two-point conversion.
All-in-all, six different Wildcats scored points against Whitehouse. In addition to Suggs and Ferguson, Fernando Arellano was true on all four of his PAT  attempts, Jackson caught a TD pass from QB Colton Lee, Devion Hill scored the Cats’ final touchdown, and sophomore Kody Chester –moved up to varsity after running back Shane McQueen twisted his ankle in the final scrimmage – had the go-ahead TD on a nifty 54-yard catch-and-run that gave the Wildcats the lead midway through the fourth quarter.
KICK HIGH – Arellano not only nailed all of his PAT attempts, he also had two touchbacks on kickoffs and kicked two more down to the 5-yard line. … Overall, the Wildcats won the special teams’ battle. In addition to Arellano’s kicks, the punt team twice downed balls inside the 20-yard line. But, the biggest special teams play of them all came after the Wildcats had retaken a 29-22 lead. It was on Whitehouse’s kickoff return that SSHS senior Sawyer Sinclair stripped the carrier of the ball and Tanner Gilbreath came up with the loose pigskin to set up the Wildcats’ final TD. … Arellano tried a 46-yard field goal as time was running out in the second quarter – an attempt set up by Joe Scott’s interception -- but it sailed wide left.
UNDER PRESSURE – SSHS defensive end Kedrick Dial put a lot of pressure on Whitehouse QB Preston Conder, coming up with 2  1/2 sacks and forcing Conder to put up a fourth-quarter pass that was intercepted by cornerback Sharard Timmons. SS middle linebacker Tyler Higginbotham had the other 1/2 sack. … Higginbotham and fellow linebackers Joe Scott and Jocko Spataro led the team in tackles. … For Timmons, it was his second interception in as many games. … Higginbotham and safety Triston Crook both delivered crushing blows in the fourth quarter. … Both teams completed over 70 percent of their passes.
ODD NUMBERS – In a statistical oddity, all three of Whitehouse quarterback Preston Conder’s touchdowns came from 35 yards away. Also, Conder’s third quarter rushing TD of 6 yards was Whitehouse’s first rushing first down of the game. … Penalties hit both teams hard. The Wildcats were flagged eight times for 85 yards and Whitehouse was hit six times for 53 yards. … SS receivers Jackson and Ferguson combined for 18 receptions for 188 yards. … Sulphur Springs didn’t have as much success running the ball this week as they did in the season opener, but the coaches never gave up on the ground game, and that paid dividends in the second half.  The Wildcats were able to milk the clock and wear down the Whitehouse defense with the running of Hill, Lee and Chester.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – It was mostly a good night for the toughest Class 4A district in the state – District 13-4A. In addition to the victory by Sulphur Springs, the defending 4A, Division II state champions, other winners in the district included Marshall a 64-6 victor over Shreveport Huntington, Texas High a 33-13 winner over Lake Hamilton, Ark., and Mount Pleasant a 34-28 squeaker over Liberty-Eylau. On the losing side were Hallsville (20-14 to Kilgore) and Pine Tree (33-0 to Paris). Longview, the No. 1-ranked team in the state, is scheduled to kickoff against Tyler Lee at 2 p.m. Saturday.                                                                    
 

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