|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 5, 2005 - PARIS - Despite the sour loss on Friday, the Wildcats will go into the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, and will play Terrell for the second straight year.
The Wildcats beat Terrell last year in bi-district, 38-34. It was the first playoff victory since 1998, when Sulphur Springs also beat Terrell. Last year, the teams met because SSHS was the No. 2 seed in 12-4A, and Terrell was No. 3 in 11-4A. This year, those seedings are reversed.
The Tigers have lost just one game this season - to No. 1 Highland Park, 59-16. Terrell and Sulphur Springs have three common opponents - Greenville, Forney and Mesquite Poteet. The Tigers are 3-0, while SSHS is 2-1.
THE COUNT GOES ON - Chris Person had his third game of more than 200 yards this season and his seventh game over 100 yards on Friday with a 232-yard rushing effort. That puts him at 1,590 yards on 199 carries and 14 TDs for the year. That is the fourth-best season in school history. He is also second now in career rushing with 2,741 yards, surpassing James Henley's 2,607 mark. ... Spenser Daniel hit 38 straight extra points this season and 86 in his career (both are school records) before the final regular season PAT went wide left. ... Wide receiver Josh Riley broke another school record. He now has 84 receptions, which is 12 more than Kendall Wright's record. His yardage total of 893 is third-best and his eight touchdowns are in second.
ODDS AND ENDS - Riley also had the Cats' longest punt return of the season, 21 yards, in the first quarter. ... After having just four turnovers in their first three district games, the Wildcats have had nine in the last two. ... North Lamar quarterback John Faulkner completed just 3-of-11 passes, but all three came in the Panthers' final 31-second drive. ... Paris, which was still in the playoff hunt, was blasted by Greenville, which was winless in district play, 29-10. Texas High, already assured of a playoff rematch with Highland Park, led Mount Pleasant just 14-0 at halftime, but ended up winning, 42-0.