SS teams split 7-on-7 matches
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

June 16, 2006 - Sulphur Springs' 7-on-7 teams finished where they started Thursday.

Both teams won one game and lost another on the final play at the James Cameron Memorial Fields. That left the No. 1 team tied for first with Winnsboro in the varsity standings with 3-1 records, while the No. 2 team is tied for second in the JV division with a 2-2 mark.

The SS1 team edged Lone Oak, 28-26, in the first game, but lost to Winnsboro, 27-26, on the last play when the Red Raiders completed a two-point conversion attempt.

Likewise, the SS2 team beat Winnsboro No. 2, 35-21, but fell to Alba-Golden, 40-39, in overtime when the Wildcats' conversion attempt fell incomplete.

In other games, Lone Oak beat Paris, 26-24, and Winnsboro No. 1 beat Paris, 40-33. In the JV division, Winnsboro No. 2 beat Greenville, 33-25, and Alba-Golden (playing with varsity and JV players) beat Greenville, 30-23.

Varsity

SS1 28, Lone Oak 26

SS quarterbacks Tyrick Rollison and Brittain Diamond each threw two touchdown passes to four different receivers, and Dalton Abner and Ryan Gibson each nabbed a first-half interception.

The game was only 7-6 at halftime as Lone Oak scored first on a 30-yard TD, but the extra point pass was broken up by Tanner Higgins.

The Wildcats came back with a 10-yard TD pass from Rollison to B.J. Rodgers, set up by a 30-yard catch-and-run from Daqualin "Boo" Evans who also caught the extra point.

The teams got more comfortable offensively in the second half as Sulphur Springs scored the first two touchdowns of the period to take a 21-6 lead. The TDs came on a 10-yard pass from Diamond to Jeff Beck (extra point catch by Evans) and a 15-yard reception by Erich Hartin from Diamond (Rodgers on the extra point).

Lone Oak came back with two TDs of its own to make the score 21-20 before Rollison hit Tyler Rhoades on a deep crossing pattern for a 45-yard touchdown reception. Jeff Pitts caught the extra point.

Winnsboro No. 1 27, SS1 26

Winnsboro went the length of the field on a 45-yard TD pass with 30 seconds left in the contest, then completed the two-point conversion on the game's final play to hand the SS1 team its first loss of the league.

It was the only time Sulphur Springs trailed in the game.

The Wildcats took a 6-0 lead on a 10-yard pass from Diamond to Rhoades. After Winnsboro tied the game, SS defensive back Clay Wilks, who later had an interception, broke up the extra point pass.

Sulphur Springs then took a 19-6 halftime lead on a 15-yard catch-and-run by Jay Hall on a pass from Diamond, and a 25-yard connection from Diamond to Rhoades.

Rhoades caught another TD pass in the second half and also gathered in the extra point to put the Wildcats up, 26-13, but Winnsboro scored the final two TDs.

Next week, SS1 plays Paris at 5:30 p.m., and Winnsboro No. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity

SS2 35, Winnsboro No. 2 21

After Winnsboro scored the first touchdown of the game on an interception return, Sulphur Springs tied the game on a 10-yard pass from Johnny McSheffery to Jace Jackson and never trailed gain.

They took the lead on a 30-yard interception return by Rashad Hall and added another TD on a 45-yard connection from McSheffery to Rollison. Jackson, Rollison and Quenton Long all caught extra point passes as SS2 took a 21-14 halftime lead.

In the second half, Jackson caught two more touchdown passes from McSheffery and Long and Jayden Wallace both caught conversions. Wallace also had an interception.

Alba-Golden 40, SS2 39

The Wildcats scored 27 points in the second half to tie the game on the last play of regulation, but Alba-Golden's TD and extra point in overtime proved to be the difference.

Jackson caught four TD passes from McSheffery, while Long was another top receiver as the Wildcats mounted a comeback.

Defensively, Rashad Hall and Dillon Verner both intercepted passes in the end zone, while Kaylon Page broke up one intended TD pass and Jake Russell knocked down a conversion attempt.

Long caught a TD and extra point, and Tyler Wilson grabbed a 3-yard TD pass and also caught  the extra point that tied the game at 33-33 at the end of regulation.

Next Thursday, SS2 takes on Winnsboro No. 2 at 4:30 p.m. and Greenville at 6:30 p.m.

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