SSMS splits pair with Greenville
From Staff Reports

Oct. 1, 2004 - GREENVILLE - The Sulphur Springs Middle School split a pair of eighth-grade games with Greenville on Thursday, and a third SSMS team was edged by Alba-Golden.

SSMS "A" 21, Greenville 14

Johnny McSheffery hit Jace Jackson with a 25-yard TD pass with about four minutes remaining in the game to wrap up the victory for the SSMS "A" team (3-1).

The Wildcats had led, 15-14, before the final drive, and then were able to stifle Greenville's last possession.

Led by Tarron Wright's 93 yards rushing on 13 carries and four receptions for 26 yards, the Wildcats amassed 358 yards of total offense. Quarterbacks Tyrik Rollison (6-of-8 for 68 yards) and McSheffery (4-of-7 for 46 yards) were able to operate behind the protection of the offensive line of Jake Russell, Colton Nash, Dillon Verner, Jake Moreland and Clay Hansford.

McSheffery also had five carries for 26 yards and caught four passes for 58 yards and a TD. Rollison added 29 yards on four carries, Quentin Long ran for 69 yards on four totes, and Darrell Franklin had 27 yards on three carries.

Defensively, Ruben Espinoza again led the team with 10 tackles (plus he kicked an extra point), while Tommy Chambers added seven stops and a fumble recovery, and Stephen Kramer recorded five tackles and a sack. Long came up with a fumble recovery and an interception.

The defense also provided a safety.

Greenville "B" 18, SSMS 14

Despite an energetic comeback attempt, the "B" team couldn't overcome the Lions.

Behind 18-6 with about two minutes to go, Sulphur Springs' Grayson North intercepted Greenville's two-point conversion attempt and returned it 97 yards for 2 points, cutting Greenville's lead to 18-8.

On the ensuing kick off, Calvin Vaughan returned the ball to the 1-yard line, where DaQuincy Morris cashed in the TD. But, the Wildcats could not come up with the onside kick and Greenville ran out the clock.

North also scored the Wildcats' first TD on a 30-yard reception from quarterback Dylan Rutherford. Also playing well on offense were Rashad Hall and Carlton Gordon.

Defensively, Eddy Arciga led the team with four tackles and one assist. Coaches also praised the play of Colton Cummings, Koyt Koon, Thomas Albritton, Ryan Miller, Hall and Morris. North and Rutherford were instrumental in stopping two Greenville TDs.

Alba-Golden "A" 8, SSMS "C" 0

Coaches complimented the play of quarterback Cedric Finnie for running the bootleg, and the defense which held the Panthers to just one TD.

Jordan Owens contributed to this report

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