Wildcat football begins work for next season
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 16, 2006 - The football season for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats has been over less than a week, and the attention has already turned toward next year.

Players who are in the offseason program are going through strength, speed and conditioning tests this week to determine their bench marks. The full-fledged offseason system will start after Thanksgiving.

A look back at the statistical marks of the season shows the following:

Quarterbacks Brittan Diamond (junior) and Tyrick Rollison (sophomore) had almost identical passing stats.Diamond completed 81-of-153 attempts for 973 yards, eight TDs and eight interceptions, while Rollison was 83-of-168 for 1,040 yards, four touchdowns and six picks.

Diamond was the team's leading rusher with 448 yards and eight TDs on 122 carries. He was also the leading scorer with 58 points.

Senior Jeff Pitts was on the only other Wildcats to rush for more than 100 yards (142 on 25 carries).

Senior receiver Tyler Rhoades led the team in receptions (48) and yards receiving (563). Junior DaQualin "Boo" Evans had a team-high seven TD catches. He had 35 receptions for 526 yards, third on the team behind Rhoades and junior Jeff Beck (37 for 404).

Junior linebacker Josh Dunn led the team in tackles with 125, including three for losses. Junior defensive end Tyler Francis was second with 52 tackles, four of them behind the line. Francis also caused two fumbles.

Senior outside linebacker Clay Wilks led the team in tackles for losses (seven) and sacks (two).

Senior safety Tanner Higgins had two interceptions to lead the team in that category. The Wildcats had just three picks as a team.

Sophomore cornerback Darrell Franklin had the team's lone return for a TD, taking a fumble back 35 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats had 13 fumble recoveries, giving them 16 take-aways. They lost the ball 22 times (14 interceptions, eight fumbles), giving them a minus-6 in take-away ratio.

The Wildcats were successful on 6-of-9 two-point conversions, a very high 67 percent. Their opponents were successful 50 percent of the time (9-of-18).

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