|Despite just one sack, Poteet's offense stifled|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Sept. 11, 2004 - GREENVILLE - Sulphur Springs didn't have the big sack totals Friday night like they had accumulated the first two games, but that didn't mean the defense wasn't active against Mesquite Poteet.
Middle linebacker David Barnes had the Wildcats' only sack, and that occurred in the first period on a fourth-and-10 from the SSHS 22-yard line.
But, the Wildcat defenders stopped runners behind the line of scrimmage eight times and plugged them up for no gain seven times. That means almost half of their 34 rushing attempts ended up with nothing.
" Going into the game, I said several times that I was worried about their size up front, and could our D-line hold up to that big tight end and those big offensive linemen," SSHS head coach Brad Turner said. "That's one very good thing that came out tonight - they're not going to line up and mash us."
Middle linebacker Keidric Duffey led the team with 11 tackles, while Tremayne Jones and Mitchell Smith had 10 each, Jared Ramey contributed eight and Keenan Clayton seven.
Hold On - Josh Riley, who holds on field goals and extra points, saved the Wildcats two points following their second TD. When Spenser Daniel's PAT attempt was blocked by Poteet's Jansen Hyde, the ball was picked up by Poteet running back James Bester at the 15-yard line. Bester had at least a 5-yard head start on Riley, but the Wildcat caught him at the 10 and pulled him down at the 5. Had Bester reached the end zone, it would have been two points for the Pirates. ...Free safety Keenan Clayton had a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown, and had an 86-yard return for an apparent TD called back for an illegal block. It was his third touchdown of the season to be nullified due to a penalty.
Specially Speaking - Top special teams tacklers for the Wildcats were Zach Reeves, Brian Shurtleff and Jake Broumley. ...The Wildcats and Pirates were penalized a combined 14 times, but only one penalty was more than five yards. ...On the Wildcats' final drive before halftime, Keelan Green kept the team moving with a shoe-string catch for 16 yards on a third-and-10. Green was fourth last year in the 100-meter dash at the state track meet, while Poteet's Jansen Hyde was the state champion in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Streaks are Made to be Broken - Both SSHS and Poteet came into the game without having thrown a touchdown pass or interception. Both marks came to an end for both teams. ...After throwing 26 times in the first half, the Wildcats threw just nine times in the final two quarters. ...Sulphur Springs had 16 first downs to 10 for Poteet. ...Not only did Ford Stadium in Greenville have Field Turf and an indoor practice facility, fans were treated to chairs with backs and arm rests in the reserved section of the home bleachers.