Wildcat Notes: Eagles don't need to convert third downs
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 21, 2006 - -Lindale put up 36 points on Friday, but were 0-for-7 in third-down conversions.

How does that happen?

It's simple. The Eagles faced just one third-down situation on their five scoring drives, and even though they didn't pick up a first down on that play, they did convert the ensuing fourth-down conversion.

The Wildcats were seldom able to put Lindale in situations where the Eagles had to convert on third down.

Sulphur Springs, meanwhile, went 1-for-12 on third-down conversions and 2-for-6 on fourth downs (one of the successes was a roughing-the-punter penalty).

AROUND THE DISTRICT - For the second straight week, the No. 1-ranked team in the state had a tough time with an 11-4A opponent. Texas High edged Mount Pleasant 17-10 on Friday, one week after beating North Lamar 30-21. Also on Friday, North Lamar came from behind to beat Paris, 28-17. That leaves Texas High at 2-0 atop the district standings, while Sulphur Springs, Lindale, North Lamar and Paris are all at 1-1. Mount Pleasant is 0-2.

SACK LUNCH - Sulphur Springs was able to sack Lindale quarterback Lucas Shipman twice - once by outside linebacker Clay Wilks and another by linebacker Rashad Hall and end Tyler Francis. SSHS quarterbacks were sacked three times, and that does not include the two low snaps that resulted in 32 negative yards. ... Wildcat running backs combined to carry the ball four times for three yards. Quarterback Brittan Diamond was the team's leading rusher with 42 yards on 14 carries. ... In high school, negative yards on sacks comes off of rushing totals. ... Diamond completed 10-of-21 passes for 124 yards, and sophomore Tyrick Rollison was good on 4-of-13 passes for 128 yards.

FIRST AND 10 - The Wildcats had three first downs via Lindale penalties and four first downs by rushing. ... Both teams employed the pooch kickoffs, resulting in negligible return yards, though SSHS sophomore Rashad Hall did have a 21-yard return. ... All four of the passes caught by Chris Thompson were for 20 yards or more. ... Both teams fumbled twice. ... Sulphur Springs faced a fourth-and-32 from its own 2-yard line in the second period after a 15-yard loss on a bad snap, a 5-yard loss on a swing pass and a procedure penalty hit them in a span of three plays. ... The Wildcats came into the game having outscored their opponents in the third quarter, but were outscored 14-0 by Lindale in that period.

PUNTS AWAY - Lindale punted six times and two of them were downed inside the 20-yard line. Sulphur Springs also had a negative-7 yards on one return and were hit with a 10-yard holding call on the same play. ... Lindale partially blocked a Jon Holt punt in the second half, resulting in a 15-yard kick. Holt also had a 54-yard boot in the first period. ... Lindale's Shipman completed all six passes he threw in the second half. ... Sulphur Springs players twice had interceptions in their hands in the first half, but couldn't hold onto the ball.

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