Claytons' return is another school record
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 11, 2004 - Another game, another school record.

Friday night, it was Keenan Clayton who put another Sulphur Springs school record beside his name with his fourth career punt return for a touchdown.

His 66-yard return in the third quarter broke a tie for the record he held with Rodrick Mosley. The All-State senior returner set the mark last year for most punt returns for touchdowns in a season with three, and highest average per return with 16.4 yards.

Opposing punters have an average of less than 29 yards per kick as they try to angle the ball to the sideline, away from Clayton and classmate Keelan Green. And no wonder.

Against Paris on Friday, Clayton had two returns for 68 yards (his first return of 30 yards was all but negated by a penalty), giving him seven returns for 108 yards this season. He and Green have combined for 14 returns for 318 yards and two TDs.

Overall, the Wildcats have eight returns for touchdowns this season, including four by Clayton (punt, kick off, interception and fumble), two by Green (punt and kick off), and two by Brandon Clayton (interception and blocked punt).

Keenan Clayton also picked off his fourth interception of the season. The school record is 10 by Mosley in 1994.


Around the District - All three games in 12-4A were decided by a three-touchdown margin. Besides Sulphur Springs' 37-17 win over Paris, North Lamar rolled up 600 yards of total offense and held Mount Pleasant scoreless in the second half to beat the Tigers, 42-21.

Texas High also had a second-half explosion, expanding a 14-12 halftime lead over Greenville into a 35-12 victory.

On Friday, Sulphur Springs (5-1, 1-0) travels to Mount Pleasant (2-4, 0-1), Texas High (4-2, 1-0) hosts Paris (2-4, 0-1); and North Lamar (6-0, 1-0) visits Greenville (1-5, 0-1).


Junior wide receiver Josh Harrington left Friday's game with a knee injury and will not be available this week. His status for the remainder of the season is unclear. Harrington is the team's third-leading receiver with nine catches for 98 yards and a TD. In his place, senior Talon Askew will start and senior Hunter Potts will see more playing time.


Junior kicker Spenser Daniel made his fourth field goal of the season on Friday. The school record is eight in a season, shared by Billy Watkins in 1989 and Scooter Howard in 1995.

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