|Getting into postseason with 2-3 record is very much a possibility for 11-4A teams|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Oct. 28, 2006 - PARIS - Despite back-to-back district losses, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats are still in the playoff chase.
The most straight forward way for the Wildcats to get into the postseason is to win their final two games - though that will also be toughest since it means going through No. 1-ranked Texas High in Texarkana next Friday.
But, Sulphur Springs can also get in the playoffs even with a loss to Texas High as long as the Wildcats beat North Lamar in their final regular-season game and a few other things happen along the way.
With two games remaining and five of the district's teams still in the playoff hunt, the scenarios are numerous and many times will come down to the point system for tiebreakers.�
But, the Wildcats still have a playoff berth at stake with two games to go. A full list of scenarios will be in Monday's edition.
In Friday's games, North Lamar (2-1) edged Mount Pleasant (0-3) 33-27 in overtime, and Texas High (3-0) hammered Lindale (2-1) by a score of 62-14.
CATCHING UP - Junior receiver DaQualin "Boo" Evans has a team-leading six touchdown receptions and is also tops on the team now with 453 receiving yards on 25 catches. ... Brittan Diamond continues to lead the team in scoring with 54 points. Evans is second with 36. ... Sulphur Springs had as many first downs via Paris penalties (three) as by rushing (three). They had nine first downs by passing. ... Defensive tackle Bill Hood had a second-quarter fumble recovery.
PENALTY RICH - Paris was flagged 15 times for 115 yards in penalties, including three 15-yarders. SSHS was hit six times, including a five-yard running into the kicker on a 50-yard field goal attempt by Austin Cunningham in the second quarter. The penalty didn't hurt Sulphur Springs because Paris was hit with a 10-yard holding penalty on fourth-and-5 and ended up turning the ball over on downs. ... The Wildcats went to the jumbo "Bulls" formation on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, and it took three plays before Diamond surged in for the TD.�
FAUX FAKE - Sulphur Springs tried a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from the 47-yard line in the second quarter, but the play lost four yards and Paris took over on downs. ... The Wildcats also tried an unsuccessful onside kick with 11 minutes to play in the fourth period. ... Paris QB Quin Ashley went 0-for-5 passing in the second half. ... Paris went 1-for-6 on third-down conversions in the second half. Coming up with tackles for Sulphur Springs in those situations were Josh Dunn and Rodney Evans on third-and-1, and Bill Hood and Stephan Petty on third-and-8. Paris also threw three incompletions on third downs.�
TURNOVER - SSHS sophomore QB Tyrick Rollison threw his first two interceptions of the season. Paris won the turnover battle, 2-1. ... Running back Christian Person had two 20-yard gains, one on a screen pass and another off an option pitch. ... SS sophomore cornerback Darrell Franklin had a tackle for a 4-yard loss on a Paris wide receiver screen in the second quarter. ... Safety Darius Hall had seven tackles to lead all secondary players.