|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Oct. 15, 2005 - Wildcat faithful who were at Gerald Prim Stadium saw something they haven't seen before - 98 points in a game.
The total points scored is the most in SSHS school history, which shouldn't come as a surprise knowing the history of the rivalry between SSHS and Mount Pleasant.
The school record for most scored by a Wildcat team came against Mount Pleasant (69-22 in 1991) and the most points allowed by a Wildcat team also came against the Tigers (67-0 in 1975).
The Wildcats also set a school record with 662 total yards and 29 first downs. The team and individual records established by SSHS so far this season will be reviewed in Monday's edition.
LONG DISTANCE - After going five games without a scoring play of more than 40 yards, the Wildcats have touchdowns from 70 yards out each of the last two games. Friday night, it was Marc Crook's reception of a bomb from Logan Turner on the game's first play. ... Running back Chris Person doubled his TD output with four on Friday. He now has eight on the season. ... Each team hit its share of big plays. Mount Pleasant had seven plays from scrimmage of 20 yards or more, while Sulphur Springs had 12.
BLOCKING ALLOWED - The Wildcats have blocked four kicks this year - three field goal attempts and a punt. ... Kickers Isaac Guzman and Spenser Daniel were a perfect 14-for-14 on extra point tries. ... MP's dangerous Kevin Cheatum took a kickoff back 39 yards in the first period, but SS safety Jake Broumley prevented a possible TD. ... Jacob Jenkins has taken over the Wildcats' deep snapping duties.
CROSSOVER - Several Wildcats are getting a taste of how the other half lives. Wide receivers Josh Riley and Marc Crook both saw time at cornerback Friday night, and wide receiver Keith Harris has been receiving playing time at defensive end. ... The coaching staff had planned on using defensive back Jeffrey Pitts on offense some, but he was injured in warm-ups and did not play. ... Riley recovered Mount Pleasant's onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter.
DISTRICT MARK - No. 7-ranked Texas High led Paris just 17-7 at halftime, but broke away to a 45-14 victory. North Lamar handed Greenville a 45-27 loss. That puts Sulphur Springs, North Lamar and Texas High all tied atop the District 12-4A standings with 2-0 records, while Mount Pleasant, Greenville and Paris are all 0-2. If Sulphur Springs beats Greenville on Friday, the Wildcats will be almost assured of a playoff berth since they will hold the head-to-head tie-breaker on all three teams below them in the standings.