|Subvarsity teams sweep McKinney|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Sept. 1, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs JV and freshmen teams made it an impressive clean sweep over McKinney Thursday night in their season debuts, taking all three subvarsity games from the Lions.
The junior varsity closed out the evening with a 27-7 victory, while the Sulphur Springs freshman "A" team outscored the Lions, 42-32, and the "B" team posted a 22-0 shutout in the opener of the triple-header.
SSHS JV 27, McKinney 7
The Wildcats came up with four turnovers and three sacks defensively to hold the Lions at bay.
Offensively, running back Philip Wilson carried nine times for 76 yards, including a 21-yard TD on the Wildcats' first drive, and quarterback Johnny McSheffery and wide receiver Jace Jackson hooked up twice on scoring aerials. Back-up quarterback Cedric Finnie also completed a 22-yard TD pass to Tyler Wilson.
The Wildcats went up 7-0 with four minutes gone in the first quarter on Wilson's 21-yard TD run and J.D. Cruz's extra point kick.
Sulphur Springs then got its first turnover when Colton Nash came up with a fumble recovery to set up a 4-yard TD pass from McSheffery to Jackson for a 14-0 lead.
McKinney scored with 30 seconds left in the half to cut the SSHS lead to 14-7.
But, in the second half, it was all Wildcats as Jayden Wallace, McSheffery and Ethan Dorsey each picked off a McKinney pass and Dillon Verner, John Latham and Nash combined for three sacks. Verner led the Wildcat defense with 10 tackles, while defensive end Stephen Kramer had seven, Ryan Miller, Nash and Wallace added six apiece and Latham had five stops.
The Wildcats scored one TD each in the final two periods - on an 18-yard slant reception by Jackson and Wilson's 22-yard catch-and-run.
Wilson led the Wildcat rushers with 76 yards on nine carries, while McSheffery completed 10-of-17 passes for 106 yards. Six of his passes when to Jackson for 50 yards.
SSHS Freshmen "A" 42, McKinney 32
The Wildcats got touchdowns from five different players - including two interception returns for TDs in the third period, to outscore McKinney.
The Wildcats took a 14-12 lead midway through the second period on TD runs by halfbacks Shane McQueen and Jimmy Villa. But, McKinney scored twice, once on an interception runback to take a 24-14 halftime lead.
Sulphur Springs, though, retook the lead for good in the third period on a 22-yard run by McQueen and a 20-yard return of an interception by Suggs. The interception occurred when Markell Williams hit the MHS quarterback while he was throwing and the ball popped up into the air to Suggs.
That gave Sulphur Springs a 26-24 lead, but it didn't stay that way for long. On McKinney's next play from scrimmage, Villa grabbed an interception and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. McQueen's conversion run gave SSHS a 34-24 lead with 5:02 to play in the third period.
The Wildcats took their largest lead at 42-24 early in the fourth quarter on Bryant Jackson's 10-yard TD catch of a pass from Colton Lee and Villa's conversion run.
McKinney had a chance to cut into the lead with 7:35 to play when a running back ripped off a 60-yard run, but Sulphur Springs' Triston Crook caught him at the 3-yard line to save the touchdown, and the Wildcat defense held them out of the end zone on the next four plays.
Jackson and Demontra Morris also had interceptions for Sulphur Springs.
SSHS Freshmen "B" 22, McKinney 0
The Wildcats set the stage for the three-game sweep with a shutout in the opener.
For Sulphur Springs, Clarence Williams scored one TD, Sawyer Sinclair threw a TD pass to Robert Askew, and Jydarius Hawkins scored on a run.