|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Oct. 8, 2005 - Sulphur Springs does not have an interception, fumble or kick return for a touchdown, though they were close on Friday.
SSHS junior Jeffrey Pitts, the fastest player on the team, returned the opening kickoff 79 yards before he was pulled down at the 14-yard line. A five-yard penalty moved the ball even closer for the offense.
Coach Brad Turner has said the last several weeks that the Wildcats were looking to get Pitts more involved offensively because his speed makes him a break-away threat. Primarily a defensive back, Pitts has been practicing as a slot receiver on offense, though he hasn't been used there in a game.
The 79-yard return was the longest return of any kind by a Wildcat this season.
Pitts also had a 16-yard return, but then Paris staring pooch-kicking.
THE MORE, THE MERRIER: The Wildcats had 27 players record at least one tackle Friday night. Defensive linemen Cole Strawn, Colt Hooten, Demarcus Johnson and Fred Dale combined for 22 tackles, which was one of the reasons that the Wildcats were able to control Paris' conventional running game. ... Senior linebacker Zach Attaway re-injured his knee in the first half and will have to be evaluated next week. In his place, senior Carlos Hernandez saw his first action of the season after missing the first five games. Hernandez had five tackles. ... Leading tacklers on special teams were Austin Holland, Cole Lancaster and Tanner Higgins.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Four former Wildcats were inducted into the SSHS Hall of Fame in pre-game ceremonies. The inductees were football standout David Rawson (Class of 1965), state champion golfer Kirk Walker ('76), state champion distance runner Greg Adair ('80) and four-time state tennis qualifier Julie Stone ('93). ... Paris had a bad shotgun snap in the second quarter that led to a lost fumble, recovered by Stephan Petty, which SSHS converted into a TD. Sulphur Springs did not have an errant snap. ... Both teams threw a variation of an end-around pass for a touchdown.
NO KICKING ALLOWED: Paris kicker Austin Cunningham tried a 55-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, but it never got over shoulder-high and was blocked at the line of scrimmage. ... For the fourth consecutive game Paris had a player ejected. ... Paris was 3-for-3 on extra point kicks, but 0-for-2 on two-point conversions. SSHS senior Spenser Daniel booted all seven PATs and has been good on all 21 attempts this season. ... Paris attempted an onside kick with 14 seconds remaining in the game, but Sulphur Springs senior Bailey Potts made a leaping recovery of the kick.