|For once, something good happens for Prim field|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Sept. 25, 2004 - For once this season something good happened to the turf at Gerald Prim Stadium - it didn't rain.
Weather forecasts had called for a high probability of rain Thursday and/or Friday, but the storm never developed, which was a huge blessing for the sand-grass playing surface.
With construction delays, rain at inopportune times, topsoil issues and patch-work grass, the field has had its share of setbacks, which is the reason that the homecoming game was the first contest to be played there this season.
The field held up as well as could be expected.
Along with 12 tackles, including a couple of big hits on Lancaster quarterback Steven Love, SSHS free safety Keenan Clayton also picked off his second pass of the season, coming up with the interception at the goal line in the second quarter and returning it 47 yards. ...Defensive linemen Zach Attaway, Patrick Radney and Tremayne Jones each came up with his second fumble recovery of the season. ...The Wildcats have blocked three punts this season, including one Friday by Brian Shurtleff, and Keidric Duffey trapped Lancaster punter Ernesto Guerro in the backfield before he had time to get a kick off.
Lancaster had five first downs in the second half, but four of them were virtue of SSHS penalties. ...The Tigers piled up nine penalties for 50 yards in the first half, but had just one penalty for 10 yards in the second half. ...Lancaster fumbled seven times, losing three. ...Twenty minutes after the game had ended, the Tiger band was still playing as they marched to their busses.
Wide receivers Josh Harrington and Rolaundo Wright were Sulphur Springs' leading receivers. Each had one catch for nine yards. ...Lancaster's Teborious Taylor started the game at quarterback, but gave way to Steven Love. Their normal starting QB, Antroin Broom, was injured on the first play of the game last week against Greenville and did not suit out. ...SSHS running back Chris Person's 175 yards rushing give him 521 yards in five games.
Around the district - North Lamar improved to 5-0 with a 27-0 win over Class 3A Commerce. Of the Panther's five victories, four have been against Class 3A teams; the other was against Athens. Paris dropped to 1-3 with a 15-10 loss to Forney, a team SSHS had beaten 42-0 earlier this season. Texas High ended an unexpected two-game losing streak with a 34-0 drubbing of Atlanta, the 2003 Class 3A state champions. Sherman edged Greenville, 28-25, to give the Lions a 1-4 non-district mark. Mount Pleasant enjoyed a bye week.