|Wildcat Notes: Wildcats still need a win or Paris loss to guarantee playoff spot|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Oct. 22, 2005 - GREENVILLE - The Wildcats inched closer to a playoff berth with their victory on Friday, but they haven't secured it yet.
Though Sulphur Springs is a 12-4A co-leader with a 3-0 record, the Wildcats still aren't guaranteed a playoff berth because of the district's point system.
The Wildcats will wrap up a playoff berth by beating either Texas High (3-0) next week or North Lamar (2-1) in the regular season finale, or by having Paris (1-2) lose to either North Lamar or Greenville (0-3) in the final two games.
The reason the Wildcats aren't guaranteed a playoff spot is because they could still wind up in a three-way tie for second place with North Lamar and Paris, in which the point difference in each game would come into play and knocking one team out of the playoffs. Currently, SSHS has a plus-16 because of its 49-33 win over Paris.
In case of a three-way tie, the Wildcats would likely be in as long as they don't lose by more than 15 points to North Lamar.
Of course, all of that is premature. A win Friday over the sixth-ranked Texas High Tigers would put SSHS into the postseason.
KICKING IT - Spenser Daniel's first PAT broke a tie with Mark Sevier for most in the school annals. Daniel booted four, giving him 81 ... and counting. Daniel also holds the mark for most consecutive PATs in a career with 58, and has 33 in a season, which ties him with Sevier for second in the record books behind Chris Nowles' 37 in 1986. ... Daniel's 40-yard field goal also gave him 11, tying him with Scooter Howard for third, two behind Sevier. ... The Wildcats gave up their first punt or kick return for a touchdown this season.
RUNNING IT - Chris Person's second-consecutive 300-plus rushing performance puts him at 2,348 yards in his career, which puts him in fourth place all-time, just 32 yards behind Barry Pryor in third, and 259 yards behind James Henley's second-place 2,607 total. ... Senior receiver Josh Riley continues to lead Class 4A in receptions. He now has 65 catches for 735 yards and eight TDs. He is only seven catches and one TD behind Kendall Wrights' marks set in 2003, and needs about 300 yards to catch him in yardage.
CATCHING ON - The Wildcats now have nine interceptions this season. Opponents have throw for eight touchdowns. ... Sulphur Springs had just one punt return in the first seven games, but Josh Riley and Colby Mills combined for four returns on Friday for a total of 10 yards. ... Tyler Rhoades returned to the lineup after suffering a leg fracture four weeks ago. He caught three passes for 24 yards, including a TD. ... Top special teams tacklers were Keith Harris, Clay Wilks and Jake Broumley.