Tale of the Tape: Numbers say bi-district match-up is pretty even
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 8, 2005 - If history is any indication, Friday's playoff match-up between Sulphur Springs and Terrell should be a good one.

The Wildcats and Tigers have met 20 times since 1956, with the final score in almost half of the games being less than a 10-point spread. Sulphur Springs holds an 11-9 edge in the all-time series.

The Wildcats (6-4) go into the bi-district game, which will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday at T.A. "Cotton" Ford Stadium in Greenville, as nine-point underdogs to Terrell (9-1), according to the Harris Ratings.

The Wildcats have won the last four meetings between the two teams dating back to 1992. That includes a 38-34 victory last year in bi-district.

That was one of eight games between the schools in which the final score was within 10 points. In fact, in the 20 meetings, just five times has the game been a blowout (more than three touchdowns difference).

Friday's game is shaping up like it will be one of the good ones.

It appears the Wildcats and Tigers will each pit their strengths against one another - the SSHS offense against the Terrell defense.

Sulphur Springs goes into the game averaging 31.8 points and 440 yards of offense per game. The Wildcats are one of the top three teams in the state in Class 4A in offensive production. With quarterback Logan Turner, running back Chris Person and wide receiver Josh Riley all being in the top 10 in their offensive categories, the Wildcats have produced 2,253 yards rushing and 2,146 yards passing.

Much of that can be attributed to the offensive line of Jose Vargas, Lucas Garrison, Jacob Jenkins, Torrence Wright, Travis Longino and Chris Alford. That line, which averages about 280 pounds per player, will face a defensive line from Terrell that averages about 70 pounds less.

Terrell, though, relies on speed. That has helped them hold nine of their 10 opponents under 17 points. Highland Park, which put up 56 points, is the only team to have score more than 17 points against them. Six opponents have failed to score more than 10 points.

Terrell is giving up just 276 yards of offense per game, while they are producing 300.

Offensively, the Tigers lean heavily on their running game, getting about 65 percent of their offensive production on the ground. Three runners have gained over 500 yards each, but as a team they are averaging less than 200 yards per game rushing and less than 100 yards passing.

The Tigers average scoring 21.9 points per game.

Sulphur Springs, meanwhile, is allowing about 288 yards per game rushing.

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