|Subvarsity teams come away with 1-3 mark|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 17, 2004 - The SSHS subvarsity teams hit the road on Thursday, going to three different cities to play their games and coming away with a 1-3 record. The SSMS eighth-grade, meanwhile, completed a two-game sweep over Cooper.
The JV and freshmen "A" teams both traveled to Seagoville to play Dallas W.T. White and split that series. The JV "B" team dropped a 22-6 decision to Commerce, while the freshmen "B" squad was upended by Forney.
Coaches noted that the upswing from splitting the squads was that the "B" players were able to get full-game experience.
SSHS JV "A" 13, W.T. White 0
SEAGOVILLE - The junior varsity received an outstanding effort from its defense and a solid offensive game to notch the shutout.
The Wildcats' first TD came on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Drew Biggerstaff to Tyler Rhoades. The score was set up by a 50-yard screen pass to running back Stephan Petty.
The Cats made the score 13-0 when Bradley Abron scored from 15 yards out. Abron ended the game with more than 100 yards rushing, and coaches credited that to not only his ability but also to the blocking of the offensive line and backfield mate Petty, who helped pick up the eight and nine-man blitzes that White would use.
Defensively, tackle Colt Hooten was a dominant presence, and linebackers Josh Pierce and Orion Runyan were very active. Colby Mills and Clay Wilks both grabbed interceptions, and Quaid Baxter came up with a fumble recovery.
"Defensively, we played real well," said coach Carl Hornback. "They had a couple of backs who could run it pretty hard, but we held them to probably 50 yards of total offense."
Commerce 22, SSHS JV "B" 6
COMMERCE - A Dustin Meade to Josh Pryor catch-and-run that covered 80 yards accounted for the Sulphur Springs TD.
Defensively, coaches praised the play of linebacker Tyler Childress, who had a fumble recovery, Carlos Hernandez, Ethan Mitchell and Darius Hall.
Offensively, John Holt had a pair of receptions for 35 yards.
W.T. White 21, SSHS Freshman "A" 14
SEAGOVILLE - A Sulphur Springs fourth-quarter drive with the potential winning or tying score reached the White 5-yard line when time ran out.
The Wildcats scored twice, the first coming on a pass from quarterback Brittan Diamond to Daqualin Evans, and the second on a 10-yard run up the middle by Diamond. Tate Ramirez kicked both extra points.
Diamond finished the game with about 60 yards rushing, and coaches said the offensive line did a good job of protection.
Defensively, Adarius Gordon, Rodney Evans and Daniel Waslowski played well for the Cats, and Josh Dunn added a sack.
Forney 27, SSHS Freshman "B" 6
FORNEY - The ninth-grade "B" scored their first touchdown of the season on quarterback DeKarion Harrison's 2-yard run.
The TD was set up by a 50-yard reception by Jimmy Helfferich. Jeremy Patrick also had about 40 yards rushing for the Cats.
Defensively, Brennan Rhoades was the top tackler, while Devon Martinez played well in his first game back from an injury.
SSMS "A" 26, Cooper 0
COOPER - The eighth-grade Cats scored on all three first-half possessions to take control of the game.
Tyrik Rollison threw for one TD, caught another and led the team in tackles with six. The Wildcats totaled 259 yards of offense.
Scoring for SSMS was Rollison on a 53-yard pass from quarterback Johnny McSheffery, and Darrell Franklin, who caught a 20-yard aerial from Rollison. Quentin Long added a 60-yard TD run on his only carry of the game, and Tarron Wright had a touchdown run. Wright finished with 36 yards on four carries, and Franklin had 45 yards on five totes.
Ruben Espinoza kicked two PATs.
Defensively, Wright, Dillon Verner and Luis Reyes all had four tackles apiece, while McSheffery and Jordan Peoples had two each. Reyes and Mason Rawson each accounted for a sack.
SSMS "B 22, Cooper 12
COOPER - Quarterback Dylan Rutherford ran for two touchdowns and Kendrick Wright rushed for another in the eighth-graders' victory.
Carlton Gordon and Grayson North each added a two-point conversion.