Wildcats win big on Senior Night
From Staff Reports

March 16, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats made Senior Night at Gerald Prim Stadium a game to remember on Tuesday.

In the seniors' final home game of the season, the Wildcats whipped Texas High, 7-0.

Three of the seniors scored, including two goals by forward Chris Rodgers, who is on the verge of breaking the school record for goals in a season.

Rodgers now has 26 goals, two shy of Joey Cameron's school record of 28. Ashley Petty holds the girls' record with 29.

Rodgers will have a chance to break the record on Friday when the Wildcats travel to North Lamar for a 7:15 p.m. start. They will then close out the regular season on Monday at Paris.

Also scoring for the Wildcats were seniors Blake Holly and Daniel Santillan, and juniors Jon Holt, Kasie Carrell and Graham Northcutt.

SSHS head coach Andy Holt said the game was one of the best the Wildcats have played.

"We really played well," he said. "That was some of the best soccer we've played all year, especially in the back. Being Senior Night, we were really excited to play the game, and it showed."

Along with the offensive firepower, he praised the play of defenders Northcutt, Spenser Daniel and Wilfredo Larios.

"Graham was playing defense when he scored, and he, Wilfredo and Spenser were all getting in on the attack," Holt said.

With just two more regular season games before the playoffs, it is important for the Wildcats to maintain their intensity against teams that aren't at the level of the playoff competition they will be facing soon.

"We are hitting our stride as we are finishing up the year and heading to the playoffs," Holt explained. "That's something we haven't always done. We're heading in the right direction."

The Wildcats improved to 11-0-0-1 in District 13-4A with 34 points. They lead Mount Pleasant (10-1-1-0) by two points. There is also a good race for third place. Paris beat Pleasant Grove 4-2 on Tuesday to leapfrog into third place.

Paris (7-4-1-0) has 23 points and Pleasant Grove (7-5-0-0) has 21. Texas High (5-6-0-1) fell out of the playoff picture with Tuesday's loss.

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