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Wildcat Notes: Playoffs are still possible with win at Hallsville

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MOUNT PLEASANT — It all comes down to this next Friday night for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats – win or go home.

When the Wildcats travel to Hallsville on Friday, the scenario is a simple one for both teams. The winner goes to the playoffs as the second seed in the Division II playoffs out of District 13-4A, and the loser’s season will end.

Both SSHS and Hallsville will got into the game with 2-3 district records. The other three playoff spots in the district have already been clinched. Longview (6-0)  is the district champion and Marshall (4-1)  is the second-place team. With Texas High’s last-second 12-10 victory over Hallsville on Friday, T-High wrapped up third place in the district with a 3-2 record.

That leaves two teams battling it out for the fourth and final playoff spot.  Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hallsville.


STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – A quick glance at the stat sheet for Friday’s game between Marshall and Sulphur Springs is surprisingly close. Marshall had 495 total yards of offense compared to 476 for Sulphur Springs. Most of Marshall’s yards came on the ground (422), while the majority of the Wildcats’ yards were through the air (334). … SSHS had more first downs than Marshall, 25-20. … But, the one statistic that weighed heavily in Marshall’s favor was turnovers, 4-1. …  Marshall also had more return yards, 78-0. …  Marshall also had a much higher yard-per-play average than SSHS. The Mavericks averaged over 9 yards per play, while the Wildcats averaged 5 yards.


NOT TOO SPECIAL  – The Wildcats’ return game, which has been very good this year, wasn’t able to give the team a spark on Friday. On seven kick-off returns, the Wildcats averaged less than 12 yards per return. … The Wildcats didn’t get a chance to return a punt. All three of  Marshall’s punts went out of bounds. SSHS punted three times, and all were in the first half. … In the second half, the Wildcats had three drives end in turnovers and three drives end in downs.


DRIVING – The Wildcats had their longest drive of the year (in terms of number of plays) on their opening drive of the game. It took them 16 plays to go 76 yards, capped by Lemarcus Kendricks’ 8-yard TD run. … The Wildcats ran 81 offensive plays in the game. … Two of Sulphur Springs’ turnovers occurred in the red zone. … Marshall scored on their first  five possessions of the game. … The two teams combined for just four penalties. SSHS was flagged just one time for 15 yards. … The Wildcats had trouble hanging onto the ball. They fumbled five times, losing two, had two others come loose but were whistled dead, and had two sure TD passes dropped.


CENTURY MARK – Marshall had two runners rush for more than 100 yards, and Sulphur Springs had one receiver over the century mark (Bryant Jackson with 104 yards on four catches) and another near it (Garrett Ferguson with 95 yards on seven receptions). … Ferguson also recovered a fumble in the end zone for an SSHS TD. The fumble occurred at the end of Colton Lee’s 3-yard run. … Marshall attempted just one pass in the second half, and It fell incomplete. … Both teams had a missed extra point.




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