|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Oct. 29, 2005 - The Wildcats are in the playoffs - that much is sure. What is up in the air is what seeding Sulphur Springs will have and who the bi-district opponent will be.
The worst the Wildcats can finish is tied for second in district. With Texas High going into the Division I (big school) bracket, the Wildcats (5-4, 3-1) would like to the get the to seed in Division II. Three teams - SSHS, North Lamar (7-2, 2-2) and Paris (3-6, 2-2) - are vying for the two playoff seeds in Division II.
Here are the scenarios:
If Sulphur Springs wins, the Wildcats are the second-place team in 12-4A and the top seed in Division II. Paris would be the third-place team because of the 14-10 win over North Lamar.
If Sulphur Springs loses by less than 10 and Paris beats Greenville, then SS, NL and Paris are in a three-way tie, and the Wildcats are still the top seed in Division II based on points.
If Sulphur Spring loses by more than 10 points, and Paris loses, then SSHS is the second seed in Div. II, and North Lamar is the top seed.
District 12-4A will face 11-4A in the first round of the playoffs. There, it appears Terrell will be the top seed, while Wylie or West Mesquite will be the No. 2 seed.
Texas High (8-1, 4-0) is the district champion and the Div. I representative. The Tigers will face Highland Park in bi-district, pitting the state's No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the first round.
MOVING ON UP - Josh Riley caught six passes for 33 yards and is now one reception off the school record. He has 71 catches this season, while Kendall Wright holds the SSHS mark with 72. ... Running back Chris Person had back-to-back 300 yards games before Friday, but he didn't work any harder than he did gaining 161 yards on 28 carries against the fast, aggressive Tiger defense. Person now has 1,358 yards this season and 2,509 for his career, moving him past Barry Pryor into third-place on the all-time list. ... Texas High had some special teams problems. They muffed a kickoff and punt and had a bad snap that led to a missed 35-yard field goal in the first quarter.
PROTECTION - Texas High did not allow a sack and had just two plays go for negative yardage. ... The Tigers were hit with six penalties for 67 yards, while the Wildcats were penalized just once for 10 yards. ... Five of Texas High's penalties led to SSHS first downs. ... Sulphur Springs was three-for-three on fourth-down conversions. ... Sulphur Springs junior Stephan Petty got his first carry of the season. He gained 18 yards but was stripped of the ball at the end of the run. ... Junior cornerback Ryan Gibson made his return after being out for more than a month with a collarbone injury. He made two tackles and broke up a pass.