|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Sept. 3, 2005 - After seven turnovers last week against Jacksonville, the Wildcats made sure that wouldn't be a problem again on Friday.
Sulphur Springs not only didn't have a turnover, they didn't even fumble the ball against Forney. The Jackrabbits, on the other hand, lost one costly fumble and ended up putting the ball on the ground a total of seven times.
"We didn't have a turnover and didn't have too many penalties," said SSHS head coach Brad Turner. "The offense played a lot better this week."
The Wildcats were penalized just three times for 30 yards, while Forney was flagged four times for 45 yards. One of the Forney penalties negated a touchdown run, and the Jackrabbits had to settle for a field goal.
In two games, the Wildcats have three fumble recoveries but no interceptions.
GOING FORWARD - The Wildcats have just three plays that went for negative yardage, and two of those were errant shotgun snaps. Forney had five negative plays, and two of those were sacks by Brian Nix and Zach Attaway/Clay Wilks. ... Forney's offensive linemen got almost hip-to-hip in their three-point stances, cutting their splits down to less than a foot. ... Chris Person's 53-yard kick return was the longest return of any kind for the Wildcats so far. He ran behind the blocking of Keith Harris and Chris Alford.
SPLIT THE UPRIGHTS - SS kicker Spenser Daniel came into the season having made seven of the eight field goals he tried last season. The .875 percentage is best in school history. He improved on that Friday (.889 percent) with the 39-yard make, even after Forney used two timeouts to try to "ice" him. ... SS quarterback Logan Turner completed 11-of-13 passes in the second half. He was 5-of-15 in the first half.
BACK IN THE GAME - Left guard Lucas Garrison didn't play in the first half, but was available in the second, and Coach Turner attributed his return to the Wildcats being able to run the ball better. ... The Wildcat offensive line did not allow a sack. ... Linebacker Zach Attaway and right tackle Travis Longino both suffered leg injuries late in the game and were helped off the field.
AROUND THE DISTRICT - Greenville (1-1) matched its win total from last year when the Lions beat Carrollton Newman Smith, 43-30, on Thursday. On Friday, Commerce edged Paris (0-1), 26-25; North Lamar (2-) stayed unbeaten with a 49-14 win over Mount Vernon, its second straight over an 11-3A team; Texas High (1-1) blasted cross-town and interstate rival Arkansas High, 42-13; and Mount Pleasant (1-1) fell to Daingerfield, 41-14.