Wildcat Notes: Wildcats, MP are only two District 11-4A teams in action this Friday
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 3, 2006 - All five District 11-4A football teams took wins over Class 3A schools last Friday.

The biggest beneficiary of a victory was Texas High. The Tigers (5-0), who shut out Atlanta 32-0, moved up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the AP state poll after top-ranked Copperas Cove was upset.

The Tigers are also ranked No. 1 in the Harris Poll and the TexasPrepXtra ratings.

Lindale also stayed unbeaten at 5-0 with a 48-7 victory over Gladewater. It was the fifth win over a Class 3A opponent for the Eagles, who received one vote in the AP poll.

Paris improved to 4-1 with a 62-27 blasting of Pittsburg at the Wildcats' homecoming. Crosstown rival North Lamar also is 4-1 with a 41-8 win over Commerce. North Lamar is 2-1 against Class 3A opponents, 1-0 versus Oklahoma teams and 1-0 against Class 2A foes.

Mount Pleasant is now 3-1 with a 14-6 victory over Liberty-Eylau, who is Sulphur Springs' opponent this Friday.

Mount Pleasant and Sulphur Springs are the only district schools in action this week. The others have a bye in preparation for the 11-4A opening week on Oct. 13.

COME EARLY - There are at least two reasons to get to Gerald Prim Stadium early on Friday. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Wildcat Booster Club is having a giant tailgate party in the stadium parking lot, then the Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place at midfield at 7 p.m.

At the tailgate party, the Booster Club will be selling hamburger and hot dog meals at a very reasonable price to recoup the cost of the food. Three bucks buys a burger, chips and a drink, while $2 will purchase a hot dog, chips and a drink.

"We would really like to see hundreds outthere getting pumped up and carry that over into the game," said club president David McCaig.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies will feature the induction of four former Wildcats and one former Lady Cat. They are All-American football players Damione Lewis and Kwaesi Palmer, both class of '96; state champion hurdler Lee Sharber, '78; All-State golfer J.J. Rorie, '92; and All-State defensive lineman Vic Brittain, '67.

A reception honoring the quintet will be at 6 p.m. in the SSHS Conference Center.

SUBBING IN - Working at center for the Wildcats are Derrick Nichols and James Taylor. One or both of them will replace three-year starter Jacob Jenkins, who suffered a broken leg 10 days ago. ... Taylor will likely be the deep snapper. ... Fans can also expect to see Stephan Petty get his first start of the year at linebacker and Chris Thompson to do the same at wide receiver.

ALSO ON TAP - The Lady Cat volleyball team will be in Lindale today for a District 11-4A contest.Freshmen and JV start at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity to begin at about 6 p.m. ... Also in Lindale this week will be the SSHS boys and girls cross country teams. They will run Saturday morning. ... The SSMS eighth-graders will host Liberty-Eylau in football on Thursday at Gerald Prim Stadium. Starting with the "C" teams, games are scheduled for 4:30, 5:30 and 7 p.m. ... The ninth-grade and JV squads will travel to Texarkana to play L-E with games at 4, 5 and 7 p.m. ... To get to the L-E stadium, take Interstate 30 to Texarkana and take the 220A exit. Go right on Loop 151 and exit Lake Drive. Go left on Lake Drive to Leopard Drive. Take a right on Leopard Drive and the stadium is on the left.

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