|SSHS freshman win district title|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 3, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs freshmen were the only squad to come out of Thursday's action with a victory over Texas High, but in doing so they clinched the District 11-4A championship.
The SSHS freshmen "A" team beat Texas High 26-22 to improve to 7-2 overall, 4-0 in district. The freshmen "B" team played to a 0-0 tie.
The Sulphur Springs JV went into their game with a 7-1, 3-0 mark, but Texas High scored 27 second-half points to take a 41-0 victory. Meanwhile, in Texarkana, the SSMS eighth-graders lost all three of their contests, 28-12 in the "A" game, 20-8 in the "B" game, and 24-6 in the "C" contest.
Texas High JV 41, SSHS 0
The Wildcats were plagued by turnovers - five of them - and Texas High's big plays.
Sulphur Springs lost three fumbles and two interceptions, one of which set up a fourth-quarter TD and another that was returned 95 yards for the final points of the game.
Texas High, meanwhile, had TD runs of 55, 50, 65, 10 and 1 yards.
The game started well for the Wildcats as safeties Jayden Wallace and Johnny McSheffery each intercepted a pass on the Tigers' first two possessions. But, the Texas High defense also forced turnovers to get the ball back.
Sulphur Springs' best chance to score came right before halftime when they moved inside the 5-yard line, but a fourth-down sack ended the drive with 35 seconds to play in the second quarter.
Offensively, McSheffery rushed 18 times for 71 yards and threw for 157 more. His top receivers were Jace Jackson with five catches for 65 yards, Ben Barrows with three catches for 57 yards, and Jay Hall, six grabs for 34 yards.
Defensively, top tacklers were McSheffery, Ryan Miller, Dillon Verner, Carlton Gordon and John Latham. Colton Nash and Latham each had a sack.
SSHS Freshmen "A" 26, Texas High 22
Sulphur Springs took a 14-0 lead and each time Texas High would respond, the Wildcats had an answer.
The Wildcats led 14-0 after a TD pass from Colby Suggs to LaMarcus Kendricks and a 75-yard bomb from Colton Lee to Day Day Jackson.
But, an SSHS fumble late in the second quarter led to a Texas High TD that cut the lead to 14-8 with 48 seconds left in the half. Texas High then tied the game midway through the third quarter.
But, Sulphur Springs responded early in the fourth quarter. Shane McQueen broke off a 70-yard run, freed up by a downfield block by Garrett Ferguson, that set up a 15-yard TD run by Lee with 9:50 to play to put the Wildcats up, 20-14.
Markell Williams then recovered a Texas High fumble on the kickoff, but Sulphur Springs gave the ball right back with a fumble of its own. The SSHS defense, though, forced Texas High to punt with 4:20 to play after a quarterback sack by Williams and Cody Rushin.
With the Wildcats trying to run the ball to eat up clock, McQueen took off for a 25-yard TD with 1:33 to play to give Sulphur Springs a 26-14 edge.
TMS 28, SSMS "A" 12
TEXARKANA - The Wildcats were able to move the ball against the Tigers, but lost a pair of game-changing fumbles.
Alvin Frazier rushed 13 times for 171 yards and a TD and quarterback Tripp Reeves completed 5-of-7 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown to Sharard Timmons.
Defensively, Frazier had an interception. Leading tacklers were Joe Scott with eight solo stops, followed by Dylan Owsley, Chad Evans and Eduardo Osorio with seven apiece.
TMS 20, SSMS "B" 8
TEXARKANA - Adrian Johnson caught a 40-yard TD pass from Josh Fountain for the Wildcats' only score.
Fountain was the team's leading rusher, followed by Curtis Bluford and K.C. Macon. John Mobley and David Mobley were team leaders in tackles along with Fountain and Tylan Harris.
TMS 24, SSMS "C" 6
TEXARKANA - Offensively, Jarod Morgan was the Wildcats' leading rusher, while Miles Hutchings was their leading tackler.