Wildcat subvarsity teams take three games from MP
From Staff Reports

Oct. 15, 2004 - Sulphur Springs' subvarsity teams took three-out-of-four games from Mount Pleasant Thursday night in District 12-4A action.

SSHS JV 21, Mount Pleasant 0

The Wildcats put up their second consecutive shutout and have not given up a point in district play as they improved their record to 4-2-1 on the season and 2-0 in 12-4A.

Running back Stephan Petty was a workhorse for the Cats, scoring all three touchdowns and a two-point conversion on his way to 191 yards rushing.

The game started slowly for the Wildcats, who went three-and-out on their first drive, and an apparent fumble recovery by defensive tackle Colt Hooten was ruled dead due to an inadvertent whistle.

The defensive line of Hooten, Dakieston Johnson, K.C. Smith, Orion Runyun and Josh Duke stifled the Tigers' attack, though, and when outside linebacker Clay Wilks' hit in the backfield caused a turnover, the Wildcats got to keep it.

After an exchange of punts, the Wildcats put together their first scoring drive, a 70-yard, seven-play possession which consisted mostly of runs by Petty, who gained 52 yards in the drive including the TD. The PAT failed, leaving SSHS with a 6-0 lead.

After another defensive stand by Sulphur Springs, a bad snap on the punt gave the Cats the ball at the MP 40-yard line. Five plays and 35 Petty yards later, the Cats once again scored. Petty ran in the conversion for a 14-0 SSHS lead at halftime.

On the Tigers' first drive of the second half, cornerback Ryan Gibson stepped in front of an MP pass, intercepting it and giving the ball back to SSHS. The Cats' ensuing drive stalled out at the 20, but Sulphur Springs would score again, this time on a 65-yard run by Petty and the PAT kick by Bryan Ballard.

"The team is playing really well right now," said coach Carl Hornback. "Offensively, we were hitting on all cylinders, and defensively, we keep pitching shutouts.

"We've yet to give up a point in district. I'm extremely proud of the effort last night."

Defensively, Runyun led the team in tackles. The Wildcats have given up just 53 points in seven games.

MP Freshmen 21, SSHS 7

The Wildcat defense played well, but Mount Pleasant returned one SSHS fumble for a TD and used another turnover to set up their second touchdown.

The Tigers scored on their second drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead and went up 14-0 at halftime after the first SSHS fumble recovery.

The Wildcats got on the board when Justin Porter went around the left end from 7 yards out and Tate Ramirez kicked the PAT.

"The defense played well after Mount Pleasant's first drive," said coach Donnie Martin. "We forced Mount Pleasant to punt three times and two turnovers. Our offense moved the ball inside the Mount Pleasant 20 five times, but were only able to cash in once."

Defensively, Brittan Diamond intercepted a pass and Dustin Gant recovered a fumble. Other defensive standouts were Savian Thomas, Rodney Evans, Tyler Francis, Darius Porter, Adarious Gordon and Dalton Abner.


By Jordan Owens

SSMS Student

SSMS "A" 35, Mount Pleasant 18

MOUNT PLEASANT - In the chilly weather, the SSMS eighth-grade "A" team won, 35-18.

The Wildcats had a lot of offensive stars, led by Tarron Wright, who ran the ball 15 times for 82 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards. He scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, plus he also ran back a 75-yard kickoff return for another touchdown.

Also for SSMS, Johnny McSheffery ran four times for 44 yards and caught two passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. He completed one pass for 28 yards and a TD. Jace Jackson caught two passes for 34 yards and one touchdown. Quentin Long ran six times for 38 yards and had two receptions for 22 yards.

Tyrik Rollison ran five times for 25 yards and completed six-of-11 passes for 140 yards and one TD. Ruben Espinoza kicked three extra points.

On defense, Colton Nash and Jackson both recovered fumbles, Rollison had an interception, and Eddy Arciga blocked a punt. Tommy Chambers led the team in tackles with nine and in sacks with two.

SSMS "B" 38, Mount Pleasant 8

Ben Barrows scored three touchdowns for the Wildcats, and Brandon Harry and Kerry Duffey each added scores.

Harry's TD came on a 45-yard pass from Rashad Hall, who completed five-of-six passes. Also performing well offensively were Grayson North and Diquince Morris.

On defense, Louis Reyes had eight solo tackles and several assists. Chad Morgan, Colton Cummings and Ryan Miller each accounted for three tackles and a couple of assists. Chris Radney had two sacks, while Kolton Jones and Andy Ginn each had a fumble recovery. Also playing well defensively were Duffey, Barrows and Markiest Goodson.

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