Wildcats varsity wins both games; junior varsity splits games in 7-on-7 football league
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Cutline: SS quarterback Brittain Diamond gets ready to release a pass in the 7-on-7 touch football league hosted by Sulphur Springs on Thursday. The SS No. 1 team won both its games, while the No. 2 squad went 1-1. 
Staff Photo by Joseph Elerson

June 9, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs 7-on-7 high school touch football league started on a high note for Sulphur Springs No. 1 - the varsity-level team -as they finished 2-0, while Sulphur Springs No. 2 - the JV-level squad - finished 1-1 Thursday night at James Cameron Practice Fields.

The SS1 beat Paris, 13-12, then edged Winnsboro No. 1, 21-19. SS2, meanwhile, fell to Winnsboro No. 2, 34-13, then came back to beat Greenville, 39-35.

In other 7-on-7 action, Paris defeated Alba-Golden 28-6, Winnsboro No. 2 defeated Lone Oak 34-13, Winnsboro No. 1 defeated Alba-Golden 60-6 and Lone Oak defeated Greenville No. 2, 20-0.


VARSITY

Game 1

Sulphur Springs 13, Paris 12

Wildcats receiver Tyler Rhoades came up with two touchdowns from two different quarterbacks in their victory over Paris.

Rhoades was on the receiving end of a 9-yard touchdown in the first half from quarterback Tyrick Rollison for the early 6-0 lead. The PAT was blocked.

Paris came back with a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game at 6-6 heading into halftime.

In the second half, Rhoades once again was on the scoring end with a 5-yard touchdown from Brittain Diamond. The PAT was good as Diamond connected with DeQualin Evans for a 13-6 lead.

Paris got the game to within one point at 13-12 on a 5-yard touchdown, but the PAT pass was dropped.

On Paris' final drive of the game, Sulphur Springs cornerback Ryan Gibson picked off the pass on the final play of the game to secure the victory.

Game 2

Sulphur Springs 21, Winnsboro 19

The Wildcat defense made a goal line stand on Winnsboro's final drive to win another hard fought contest in the final game of the day. 

Winnsboro had one final chance to take the win on third down and goal from the seven-yard line, but the receiver caught the ball out of bounds, and then on fourth down, SS defensive back Clay Wilks dove for the ball as the quarterback threw wide to end the threat.

Sulphur Springs opened the scoring with the third touchdown of the night by Rhoades on a pass from Diamond for a 6-0 lead.

Following the second interception of the night from Gibson, Rollison connected with Jeff Pitts on a 35-yard touchdown strike for a 14-0 lead.

Winnsboro came back with 13 unanswered points as Sulphur Springs held a 14-13 lead at halftime.

The Red Raiders opened up the second half with a 1-yard touchdown strike to take their first lead of the game at 19-14. The PAT was blocked.

With time winding down, Diamond threw a 4-yard touchdown strike to Evans and then the duo connected on the PAT for the 21-19 victory.


JUNIOR VARSITY

Game 1

Winnsboro 34, Sulphur Springs 13

The Sulphur Springs junior varsity opened up their 7-on-7 league play with a tough loss to Winnsboro's No. 2 team.

Sulphur Springs opened with a 15-yard touchdown from Johnny McSheffery to Dakerryon Harrison and then converted the PAT for the 7-0 lead.

Winnsboro then scored 34 unanswered points, picking off two interceptions during that stretch.

The Wildcats scored their final touchdown on a 10-yard pass from McSheffery to Quentin Long for a 34-13 deficit.

Sulphur Springs will have a rematch with Winnsboro next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on Field No. 2 and will face Alba-Golden at 6:30 p.m.

Game 2

Sulphur Springs 39, Greenville 35

The Wildcats needed some late game heroics to pick up the win over Greenville with an interception from Darrell Franklinwhich led to their game-winning touchdown.

On the TD play, quarterback B.J. Rogers connected with Harrison on an acrobatic catch for the 39-35 win. The pass bounced off of a defender and Harrison recovered in time to dive for the ball and come up with the catch.

Harrison scored three touchdowns in the game along with touchdowns by Tyler Wilson, Rollison and Jace Jackson.

Sulphur Springs came back from eight points down on two separate occasions during the second half as they were down 22-14 and 35-27.

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