|Wildcats score half a dozen goals at North Lamar|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 19, 2005 - PARIS - Sulphur Springs coach Andy Holt knew Friday night's game at North Lamar was one of the best games they have played all season long.
He was right.
Sulphur Springs dominated the North Lamar Panthers in rainy and cold conditions to take a 6-0 win and remain undefeated on the District 13-4A season.
"Tonight we played very well," Holt said. "I think we had three chances within the first three minutes of the contest. We played well tonight, and this was one of our best games."
The Wildcats are now 12-6 overall and 6-0 in district play with a maximum of 18 points. They will not play again until Feb. 26 at Paris. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. Coach Lance Johnson's North Lamar squad falls to 4-2 with the loss.
"The main thing for us during this break is we are going to use this as a rest period because this is a long season. We will practice on Monday, take Tuesday off, and then return Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for Paris and hopefully get to 7-0 in district," Holt said. "We will work on finishing the ball, playing solid defense and possessing the ball."
The Wildcats' Chris Rodgers opened up the scoring with a header past the North Lamar goalie with 10:05 remaining in the first quarter off an assist from Graham Northcutt for the early lead.
Holt said Rodgers was a prime example of how talented his players are off the bench as he was able to put the first goal in the back of the net.
"It is a big confidence boost right now because everything is clicking for us and we are missing some guys here and there but it doesn't matter because we are so deep and talented right now on the bench," Holt said.
Spenser Daniel gave SSHS a 2-0 lead at the intermission when he nailed a kick from outside the penalty box after North Lamar was called for a handball foul with 26 seconds remaining on the clock.
In the second half, the Wildcats received goals from Blake Holly, Eric Chenault, Wilfredo Larios and Jon Holt to take the 6-0 win.
Jon is Andy's younger brother, and Coach Holt said that goal was special for him to see Jon do well on the field.
"It is exciting having him on the team and being able to coach him and just to see him do well. That is exciting for me," the coach said.
Holt said the win over North Lamar was a total team effort, but he felt Chenault, Rodgers, Fox and Holly played well for the Wildcats during the game.
"I really thought Chenault played well up top and Rodgers off the bench, and John Fox and Holly played well," Holt said. "The entire defense did too, because Jeremy Potter only saw a couple of balls the entire night and that is a credit to our defense."