Wildcats, Tigers would rather go for it than punt
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 14, 2006 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Pleasant and Sulphur Springs decided they would rather fight than punt on Friday.

The two teams combined for seven fourth-down conversion attempts, compared to six total punts.With both teams able to move the ball on offense, neither team wanted to give the other possession of the pigskin.

Mount Pleasant was three-of-five on fourth down conversions, while Sulphur Springs was two-for-two. Both of Mount Pleasant's failures occurred in the second half.

On third down conversions, Mount Pleasant was six-of-11, while SSHS was three-of-10.

When combining third and fourth down conversion attempts, Mount Pleasant was successful 56 percent of the time (9-ol-16), while SSHS converted 42 percent (5-of-12).

SNAP AND HOLD - Jon Holt booted the game-winning field goal, but he wasn't alone on the attempt. James Taylor is the deep snapper, and Jeff Beck is the holder. "We went through it like always," Holt said. "We did it good - it was just automatic." ... Taylor also got the start at center and didn't have an errant snap. Together with his offensive line mates Colt Hooten, Adarious Gordon, Kevin Rape, Levi Moore and A.J. Johnson, they paved the way for 327 yards of total offense.

NO BULL - In the Wildcats' "Bulls" formation, defensive linemen Jamal Freeman, Rodney Evans and Tyler Francis come in at the skill positions to block in the power "I." The Wildcats ran it six times for 20 yards, two rushing TDs and one passing TD on Friday. ... The Wildcats' only turnover was an interception on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half. ... The Wildcats had five tackles for losses - two each by safety Tanner Higgins and noseguard Rodney Evans and one by defensive tackle Jamal Freeman. ... Higgins also would have had an interception return for a touchdown on the third play of the game, but the play was called dead on a penalty. ... Sulphur Springs outscored Mount Pleasant 16-8 in the second half.

RUN, RUN AWAY - SSHS sophomore Quentin Long wore No. 36 instead of 34 on Friday, but he did his usual good job in the return game. He had two kickoff returns for 68 yards. He also caught his first pass of the year, a 16-yarder in the second quarter. ... Mount Pleasant won the time of possession, 28 minutes to 20. The Tigers averaged 5.2 yards per play, while Sulphur Springs averaged 7.4 yards.

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