Wildcat Notes: SSHS wins kicking game match-up
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 9, 2006 - The Wildcats outplayed Whitehouse in the kicking game on Friday, thanks in large part to senior Jon Holt and sophomore Quentin Long.

Holt, in his first year as kicker and punter, made all six extra points (he's 7-for-7 on the year) and punted four times for a 43.5-yard average. That included a long of 53 yards.

But just as importantly, three of Holt's kicks were killed inside the 20-yard line, including his first punt of which Long made an acrobatic stop at the 1-yard line. Long also blocked an extra point attempt by Whitehouse kicker Paul Metzner and returned two kickoffs for an average of 28.5 yards.

The top tacklers on the special teams were Clay Wilks and Kaylon Page.

MAJOR PENALTY, ZERO YARDS - Whitehouse was penalized eight times but for only 52 yards. That's because two of the penalties netted zero yards. In the third quarter, Sulphur Springs faced a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line when Whitehouse was called for a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Statistically, the penalty was for zero yards though it did result in a first down. The Wildcats were awarded another first down just moments later when an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was assessed on Whitehouse coach Randy McFarlin for coming onto the field to protest. Again, statistically no yardage was gained by the penalty. ... Sulphur Springs did not have a fumble in the first half and were penalized once for five yards.

DISTRICT WINNERS - All six teams in District 11-4A were winners on Friday night, including a shocking upset of Kilgore by Mount Pleasant, 31-27. Lindale, Paris and Texas High all improved to 2-0 on the season. ...  SSHS running back Christian Person received his first two carries of the season. He gained 13 yards, including an 11-yard first down run in the fourth quarter. ... Wildcat starting safety Colby Mills sat out the game with a high ankle sprain suffered against McKinney. Coaches hope he will be ready for next Friday.

TACKLE SHOP - The Wildcats recorded three tackles for losses: one each by Rashad Hall, Rodney Evans and DaMarcus Johnson. ... A.D. Miles led defensive linemen in tackles with six. ... Safety Chad Rocker had two passes defensed and six tackles, while cornerback Ryan Gibson had one pass defensed and four stops. ... Whitehouse punter Paul Metzner got off a 15-yard punt in the second quarter despite having to retrieve the ball after it went over his head. ... SSHS deep snapper Jacob Jenkins has been perfect on his snaps this season.

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