|SS subvarsity teams split with Indians|
|From Staff Reports|
August 27, 2004 - The Sulphur Springs subvarsity teams split games with Jacksonville Thursday night in their opening action of the year.
The freshmen squad edged the Indians in the opening game, while the JV were beaten by a point.
SSHS Freshman 12, Jacksonville 7
Jay Hall scored a pair of touchdowns and intercepted a first-quarter pass to lead the SSHS ninth-graders to the opening win.
Hall scored from 22 yards out in the first period, two plays after intercepting an Indian pass.
In the second quarter, Josh Alexander forced a Jacksonville fumble, which was recovered by Brittan Diamond, setting the stage for Hall's second TD run of the game to give the Wildcats a 12-0 halftime lead.
Jacksonville scored in the third period on a short pass play, but coach Donnie Martin said the SSHS defense played well against both the pass and the run.
"They had very few positive yards," he said.
Jacksonville 15, SSHS JV 14
Jacksonville put together a 98-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the game.
The Wildcats twice led the game. The Wildcats scored in the first period after the defense had forced Jacksonville to punt. On the Cats' third offensive play, quarterback B.J. Rogers connected with Tyler Rhoades on a 64-yard TD pass to put them up, 6-0.
Jacksonville took the lead in the second period, but coach Carl Hornback said that other than the scoring drive, both teams played very good defense including a red zone stand by the Wildcats that forced the Indians to turn the ball over on downs at the 5-yard line.
On their opening drive of the third period, Sulphur Springs retook the lead on an 80-yard, 11-play, six-minute drive capped by a 5-yard TD run by Christian Person. He also ran in the conversion for a 14-8 Wildcat lead.
Jacksonville, though, put together a 98-yard scoring drive and knocked through the winning PAT in the fourth quarter.
"I told the guys after the game that I was disappointed but proud of them," Hornback said. "They really fought hard. We could have made a lot of excuses for ourselves, but they didn't.
"They went out there and fought hard but came up short. We will work had next week and try to build on the good things and fix the not-so-good things."