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Sub-varsity teams split games with Pine Tree

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Thursday night football action on the sub-varsity level was not too kind to the Wildcats as they won just two of six games played.

The Sulphur Springs eighth graders played a triple header at Gerald Prim Stadium while the ninth grade teams and junior varsity played in Longview against Pine Tree.
Eighth grade games
In eighth grade action, the first game saw the Sulphur Springs B team lost 28-6 to the Pine Tree seventh grade A.
In that game the visitors drove first and scored when Jonathan Giddings raced over from five yards out. Joshua Mixon had the two point conversion to put Pine Tree ahead 8-0.
Sulphur Springs answered with a touchdown at the 1:50 mark of the second quarter. Quarterback Deandre Wright threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Alex Burney. The try for a two point conversion failed and Sulphur Springs trailed 8-6.
Pine Tree added a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Pirates were up 14-6 at the half.
The teams traded turnovers in the third period.
Christopher Starling, the Pine Tree quarterback ran for two scores, one from six yards and the other tally was a broken field jaunt from 37-yards.
Sulphur Springs lost by the 28-6 final.
Coach Craig McFarland credited Willie Garrett, Burney, Wright, Parker Heath and Darian Dial with good play.
The Sulphur Springs C team lost 30-0 in the second game played Thursday.
The visiting Pirates did all their scoring in the first half and coasted for the big win. Bryndin Hartman of Pine Tree returned the opening kickoff 65-yards to start the game. Dakota Adair scored on a two-yard run. Pine Tree scored on a fumble recovery. Brett Lucy picked off a pass and returned it 80-yards for the final score.
Coach McFarlin said that Christian Lewis had good receptions with Christian Pryor running well. Jackson Gilreath was the top tackler on defense.
The final game was the best of the night for Sulphur Springs with the eighth grade A team Wildcats clawing out a 32-6 win. The team is 3-0 for the year.
Rashid Ivery had three touchdowns in the game for Sulphur Springs easily motoring by Pine Tree with his blazing speed.
The Wildcats opened the explosion of points with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Deric Ingram to Ivery. The two point conversion failed with the home team taking at 6-0 lead with 5:10 left in the opening period.
The Wildcats were far from finished for the night.
The second tally for the fierce Wildcats came when Kahle Chester picked up a loose pigskin and returned it for quick touchdown. Again the try for a conversion failed. Sulphur Springs had a 12-0 lead and were just getting in gear.
The Sulphur Springs defense shut down Pine Tree. Smith cut through traffic and turned on the jets scoring on a 69-yard run. Ivery got the two point conversion and with less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Pine Tree was looking up at a 20-0 deficit to the speedy Wildcats.
Again it was the Sulphur Springs defense which sparked the Wildcat offense.
Ivery covered the distance toward the goal on just one play 58-yard scoring run. The conversion try failed, however Sulphur Springs was cruising with a 26-0 lead.
The longest run of the night for either side came in the final seconds of the first half. Ivery broke from the pack and zipped 70 yards on a reverse for a touchdown. The kick failed, but at the half the Wildcats were smiling with a 32-0 lead.
PIne Tree scored in the third period for the lone tally of the second half. Sulphur Springs won by the 32-6 final.
Chester had four tackles, one fumble recovery for a score and one sack to pace the defense. Ross Cody, Ingram and Cody Box had three tackles each. Mason Scott, Smith, Ryan Neville and Eric Hawthorne had one tackle apiece.
Coach McFarlin said Neville, Sam Hammons, Brennin Brock, Mitchell DeYoung, Brandon Hudson, Elijah Mosley Brock and Box played well.
MS coach Lawson Crook said he was happy with the team play and great effort by everyone.
“We had great blocking, which made the long runs possible,” Crook said. “It was a great night for us.”
Ninth grade, JV action
In road competition Thursday, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats were winless in freshmen play despite playing well.
Pine Tree won the B game 30-26 and took the A game by a 20-14 final.
Coach Charlie Coker reported that Buddy Ivery rushed for 145 yards including a nine-yard touchdown. Ivery also added a two conversion run.Traevon Roy caught a 60-yard TD pass from Connor Cooper.  Other offensive standouts included Jaquarius Johnson with several receptions, Jenner Jackson's blocking, and Johnathon Crook. Brandon Bryant and Justin Yager played well on the line.
“The 9A game got off to a bad start with Pine Tree scoring on their first play from scrimmage,” Coker said. “On the ensuing kickoff, we fumbled the ball and Pine Tree scored another touchdown a few plays later. They would add one more before the end of the first quarter, which made the score 20-0 at that time. From that point on our defense pitched a three quarter shutout, and the offense was able to put 14 points on the board. There were plenty of opportunities to win it, but turnovers killed drives.”
In the B team game,  Brad Macek connected with Chris Fodge on a 30-yard pass.  Forrest Jeter ran in the  two point conversion.
Coach Jerrod Hammack said, “Cody Duffer was a one man gang.  He blocked a punt and returned it 50 yards. He also had two sacks.”
Sulphur Springs won the JV game by a 21-7 final.



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