|SSHS JV wins one, ties one|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 24, 2004 - The SSHS junior varsity came away with a win and a tie on Thursday, while the freshman squads lost a pair of games.
SSHS JV "A" 24, Lancaster 24
LANCASTER - The Wildcats overcame early adversity to build a late lead, but Lancaster tied the game on a fourth-quarter drive.
Lancaster took an 8-0 lead with a 70-yard fumble return and a conversion run, then got the ball back on the ensuing kick off by way of another Wildcat fumble, but Sulphur Springs' Colby Mills recovered a Tiger fumble to end the threat.
The Wildcats then drove 84 yards in four plays, capped by a 65-yard screen pass from B.J. Rogers to Stephan Petty. Brad Abron added the conversion run to tie the game at 8-8.
The Tigers answered the score to go back ahead, 16-8, but the Cats came right back, driving 60 yards to put Bryan Ballard within range for a 35-yard field goal to set the halftime score at 16-11.
On the opening possession of the second half, the Wildcats drove 70 yards on the strength of Abron at running back and the passing combination of Drew Biggerstaff to Tyler Rhoades. Petty then ran in the final 20 yards to give the Wildcats a 17-16 advantage.
Ballard and Clay Wilks both recovered fumbles on consecutive possessions, and the Wildcats cashed in on the second turnover as Petty scored his third TD of the game, this time from 1 yard out, and Ballard kicked the PAT for a 24-16 SSHS lead.
Lancaster then drove down for the tying score and recovered the ensuing onside kick. But, Ryan Gibson ended the Tiger threat with an interception at the 10-yard line.
Coach Carl Hornback said the offensive line of Ricky Willis, Kevin Rape, James Taylor, Levi Moore, Derrick Nichols and back-ups A.J. Johnson and Steven Brock had an excellent game.
"I'm so proud of our offense. We felt as if they couldn't stop us," Hornback said. "It's a real letdown to play so well and up in a tie, but we have to start limiting turnovers. Without the turnovers tonight, we run away with this game. We're definitely getting better, especially on the offensive line."
Petty ended the game with 82 yards rushing, while Rhoades had eight receptions for 107 yards.
SSHS JV "B" 14, Rivercrest 7
JOHNTOWN - Josh Pryor scored on a 35-yard run, and Jeffery Pitts added a 30-yard TD score of his own to account for the Wildcats' scoring.
Defensively, the Wildcats shut down Rivercrest, limiting them to less than 40 yards of total offense. The defensive surge was led by the line of Carlos Hernandez, who had seven or eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage, Bill Hood, Curtis Adams and Dillan Deveraux, and linebacker Heston McGarity.
Rivercrest's only TD came on a fumble return.
The Wildcats forced five turnovers including a game-clinching interception by Jake North on the Rebels' final drive.
Lancaster freshmen "A" 26, SSHS 8
LANCASTER - Offensively, the Wildcats moved the ball, but came up with just one TD, that by Daqualin "Boo" Evans.
Quarterback Brittan Diamond and receiver Jeff Beck both played well, according to coaches, while defensively Dalton Abner had a good game.
In the "B" game, SSHS lost to Lindale, 16-0.