Cats' defense gives, then takes
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 9, 2004 - Give and take.

That's what the Wildcat defense did Friday night. Paris had 17 rushing plays in which they gained either zero yards or lost yardage. They had 21 positive rushing plays.

The one-step forward, one-step back rushing attack left Paris with 76 yards on 38 carries. SSHS cornerbacks Brandon Clayton and Robert Finnie were able to hold Paris receivers pretty much in check, allowing free safety Keenan Clayton to come up hard on running plays and lay some vicious blows.

The defensive line of Travis Edmond (five tackles), Tremayne Jones (four), Patrick Radney (five) and Zach Attaway (four) were very active in clogging up the middle.

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...From his defensive end position, Jones had two passes defensed. Brandon Clayton and Brian Shurtleff also knocked down passes. ...Three times, penalty flags were thrown against Paris - once for pass interference on the Cats' only interception of the night and twice for intentional grounding - but were waved off. ...Leading special teams' tacklers for SSHS were Jake Broumley, Dustin Dunn, Finnie, Shurtleff and Brian Nix.

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...The Wildcats' first pass of the game, a 40-yard TD from Logan Turner to Keelan Green, was their longest gain through the air of the season. ...Sulphur Springs had 16 first downs while Paris had 17. ...Paris also led in time of possession, 27:42 to 19:18. ...While trying to punt to the sideline away from Keenan Clayton and Green, Paris managed just a 21.4-yard average on five kicks including a pair of six-yarders. Clayton had a 30-yard return in the second quarter nullified on a penalty.

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...Paris' Anquion McCuin was not only the team's leading rusher (8-38) and receiver (5-71), he also threw four passes, but did not complete any. ...SSHS running back Chris Person had 124 yards on 13 carries, giving him 645 yards on the season, keeping him on pace for 1,000 yards.

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