JV Cats lose another heartbreaker; SSMS splits three games
From Staff Reports

Sept. 10, 2004 - The Sulphur Springs JV Wildcats lost a heart-breaker to Mesquite Poteet Thursday, while the SS Middle School split a three-game series with Texas Middle School.

The freshmen Wildcats lost, 33-21, but a game report was not available at press time.

Poteet JV 9, SSHS JV 7

MESQUITE - The JV Wildcats dropped to 1-2 on the season after another wrenching loss, with the deciding score coming late in the fourth quarter and aided by four Sulphur Springs penalties.

SSHS led 7-3 going into the fourth period, but Poteet drove 75 yards, 60 of it on penalties, to take the lead.

Sulphur Springs went ahead, 7-3, early in the second period when Poteet fumbled and Dakieston Johnson scooped it up and pitched the ball to Bryan Ballard, who carried it into the endzone. Ballard also booted the PAT.

Poteet had gone ahead, 3-0, on a second-quarter field goal.

"We just lost our composure in the fourth quarter," said coach Carl Hornback. "We let a questionable call by the officials take us out of the game. At that point, a 15-yard penalty turned into 45, followed by a pass interference call, giving them another 15. The ball goes from their 20-something yard line to our two."

MIDDLE SCHOOL

TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs eighth-graders went 1-1-1 against Texas Middle School on Thursday, their first full action of the season.

The SSMS "C" team played last week, but this was the first game for the "A" and "B" teams.

Texas MS 28, SSMS "A" 7

The Wildcats scored on a 58-yard pass play from quarterback Tyrick Rollison to wide receiver Jace Jackson, but it was not enough in the final game of the evening.

The Wildcats moved the ball on offense, with running backs Tarran Wright gaining 87 yards and Quentin Long 70 yards on the ground, but five turnovers proved to be their undoing.

Coaches commended the play of linemen Jake Moreland, Clay Hansford and Jake Russell in opening up holes for the running backs, and said Johnny McSheffery played well at quarterback and wide receiver.

Defensively, coaches named Ruben Espinoza, McSheffery and Wright as standouts.

SSMS "B" 34, Texas MS 6

Five different players scored for the Wildcats, and the defense allowed just a single score.

Scoring included a 10-yard run by Daquince Morris, a 50-yard quarterback keeper from Dylan Rutherford, a pass play covering 95 yards from Rashad Hall to Grayson North, a run by Hall, and a 40-yard fumble return by Ryan Miller.

The defensive effort was led by Jose Arciga, Taylor Phillips, Kaleb Watson, Kendrick Wright and Rutherford.

SSMS "C" 6, Texas MS 6

In the opening game, the "C" team ended tied after a 30-yard TD run by Marquist Goodson. Defensively, Koit Koon and Goodson were standouts.

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