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Wildcats rushing to score in 13-4A opener Friday

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The Sulphur Springs Wildcats were rushing to score on Friday. Literally.

The Wildcats scored all six of their touchdowns on the ground, and had four different ballcarriers cross the goal line. Actually, it could have been five, but back-up quarterback Justin Owens’ 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was negated by a penalty and the Wildcats had to settle for a field goal.

Senior running back Devion Hill led the attack with three touchdowns and 172 yards  rushing  on 18 carries. Kody Chester, Colby Suggs and Colton Lee each added a TD, and Suggs also had a two-point conversion.

Overall, the Wildcats averaged 6.6 yards per carry, in large part due to the offensive line of Beau Carpenter, Mason Y’Barbo, Alex Peek, Chris Sorley  and Suggs, who plays center when he’s not quarterbacking the short-yardage offense.

Hill now leads the team in TDs with seven, all on the ground, while Suggs has five. Hill, the team’s leading rusher and second-best in District 13-4A, is approaching 700 yards rushing in the team’s first five games.

KICKING GAME – The Wildcats continued to win the battle of special teams as Fernando Arellano kicked his fifth field goal of the season, and the return teams shined. Bryant “Day Day” Jackson almost scored his second TD on a punt return in as many weeks when he weaved his way 53 yards down to the 3-yard line in the second quarter. But, the ball came loose as he going down and Pine Tree recovered in the end zone for a touchback. … Jackson wasn’t the only punt returner to almost score. Sophomore Cody Clayton took a punt back 50 yards, down to the 11-yard line in the fourth quarter.  The Wildcats converted that field position into a field goal on Arellano’s 35-yard kick.

 

SACK MASTER – Senior defensive end Kedrick Dial turned in another multi-sack game Friday, with two more quarterback traps. Overall, the Wildcats had four sacks as Kody Chester claimed one and Darrian Henson and Dylan Owsley shared another. …  The Wildcat defense limited Pine Tree to just seven first downs. The Pirates had 10 offensive possessions in the game – eight of them ended in punts and the other two were stopped after unsuccessful fourth-down attempted conversions. … Pine Tree managed just 47 yards rushing on 35 carries, a 1.3-yard average. … Of Pine Tree’s 48 offensive plays,  21 of them either lost yardage or resulted in no gain.

 

CONSISTENCY -- Sulphur Springs has now scored points in 13 consecutive quarters, dating back to the third quarter of the Whitehouse game. The Wildcats have put up points in 18 of their 20 quarters this season. … The 45 points they scored on Friday was the Wildcats’ most this season. The seven points allowed was the least. … Pine Tree was penalized 11 times for 76 yards. Sulphur Springs meanwhile, had no penalties in the first half and ended the game with six for 55 yards. … The Wildcats had 21 first downs, split evenly – 10 rushing, 10 passing and one by penalty. … Sulphur Springs lost the turnover battle for the second straight week but won the game. … SSHS had to punt just once, a 30-yarder by QB Colton Lee that was downed at the 15-yard line.

 

WINNING STREAK – The Wildcats have now won 14 consecutive games, the most in school history. That dates back to the Mount Pleasant game in Week 8 last year and includes six playoff games. … Jimmy Villa, a linebacker, recorded the Wildcats’ only kickoff return. He fielded the squib kick at his 35-yard line and returned it 11 yards. … Homecoming activities were held before the game with senior Mia Taylor named queen. … Senior receiver Lemarcus Kendricks returned to action after being inactive with an injury for two games. Dallin Sant, a valuable special teams player, started at receiver.

 

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