|Seven Wildcats make All-State by Texas Sports Writers Association|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 29, 2005 - Two Sulphur Springs Wildcats who will be signing letters of intent on Wednesday to play college football got one final vote of recognition this week.
Senior offensive guard Chris Berry and senior free safety Keenan Clayton were both named to the First Team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association.
They were joined on the prestigious squad by teammates: senior wide receiver Rolaundo Wright on Second Team; and senior kick returner Keelan Green, junior offensive tackle Jose Vargas, junior kicker Spenser Daniel and sophomore quarterback Logan Turner as honorable mention selections.
Berry and Clayton, along with Wright and Green, are scheduled to sign letters of intent on Feb. 2, National Signing Day to play college football. The ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. in the Wildcat Room of the SSHS fieldhouse.
All seven of the SSHS players earned All-District honors, plus Clayton was a First Team selection by the AP Sports Editors.
Below are their accomplishments this year:
iChris Berry - The biggest player on the team (6-2, 350), Berry emerged as one of the team's best links. He graded out at 85 percent on the year and accumulated about 100 pancake blocks. All of this happened after playing JV as a junior.
iKeenan Clayton (6-3, 210) - At free safety, Clayton led the team with 118 tackles and four interceptions. He also had four tackles for losses. He led the team in points scored with 74, including 12 touchdowns. He scored six TDs rushing, two receiving, and one each on a punt return, kickoff return, fumble and interception returns. He accumulated 278 yards rushing on 42 carries, and caught 21 passes for 291 yards. In addition, he averaged 14.0 yards on 13 punt returns and 22.5 yards on 11 kickoff returns. Clayton has verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.
iKeelan Green (5-8, 145) - He actually had better return numbers than Clayton, who was an All-State returner last year. Green had 277 yards on 16 punt returns (17.3 average) and a school-record tying 90-yard return for a TD. On kickoff returns, he averaged 23.3 yards (13-303) with a 75-yard TD. He was the team's second-leading scorer with 72 points and also scored 12 TDs. He had six touchdown rushing (21 carries, 185 yards) and four more receiving (42-406).
iRolaundo Wright (6-4, 195) - He became the school's all-time career receiver after caching 69 passes for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns this year. All of those totals are second in SSHS annals. He also led the team with 14.5-yards per catch.
iLogan Turner (6-1, 170) - Turner ended the season with 2,138 yards passing on 174 completions and 18 TDs, all which are second in school history. He set a school record with 326 pass attempts. He also picked up 117 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
iJose Vargas (6-2, 290) - He graded out at about 87 percent for the year, the highest among the offensive linemen, and averaged about five pancake blocks per game. He teamed with Berry to give the Wildcats an imposing left side.
iSpenser Daniel (6-1, 150) - In his first season on varsity, Daniel was good on 7-of-8 field goals and 48-of-50 extra points.