Wildcats make mark on school records
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 18, 2004 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats took to heart the old saying, "Records are meant to be broken."

The passing duo of senior quarterback Ryan Henry and wide receiver Kendall Wright had the most impact in the school record books, while junior punt returner/running back/receiver Keenan Clayton also had his name put in there as well as senior punter/kicker Blake Birchfield.

Henry and Wright combined to be the most prolific combination in school annals. Henry became the first SSHS passer to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season and 3,000 in a career, while Wright became the first player to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

With a senior season of 2,417 yards passing on 181-of-278 attempts and 19 touchdowns, Henry owns virtually every single-season, single-game and career passing records in SSHS history.

Henry, a two-year varsity starter, put up career numbers of 3,747 yards passing, 287 completions in 503 attempts and 27 touchdowns, all of which are new school marks. He also set the mark for most completions, attempts and yards passing in a single game in his career finale against Highland Park: 39-of-54 passing for 439 yards.

Wright also owns virtually all the single-season and single-game receiving marks. He finished the year with a a school-record 72 receptions for 1,010 yards and nine TDs. He also owns the single-game mark for receptions (13 against Paris) and yards (224 against Sherman).

He is followed closely by Clayton, who caught 12 passes against Highland Park for 223 yards, both of which are second place on the all-time list.

Clayton made his own mark in punt returns. He holds the school record for most punt returns for TDs (3) in a season and career. Clayton also holds the mark for best career return average (16.4 yards per return).

Birchfield is in the top three all-time for highest punting average in a career (37.4), in a season (37.5) and longest punt (65 yards). He also is in the top three in single-season and career PATs, most consecutive PATs made and best percentage.

The records have been compiled since 1956.

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