|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Sept. 12, 2006 - Two games in the books, and injuries are starting to take their toll - for seemingly every team.
The Wildcats are no exception as three defensive starters are hobbling and unsure if they will play this week. Denison - Sulphur Springs' opponent on Friday - is also suffering from injuries as its quarterback is limping.
For Sulphur Springs, junior inside linebacker Josh Dunn, the team's leading tackler with 26 stops in two games, and senior outside linebacker Clay Wilks, who is second on the squad in tackles with 12, are both nursing sore knees and their availability is uncertain for Friday.
Senior safety Colby Mills, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the opening series against McKinney, is hopeful to be ready to go Friday. Mills had 86 tackles last season to go with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Denison is also hurt by injuries as quarterback Stanley Morrison, the district's MVP as a junior, sprained his ankle on Friday in the Yellowjackets' loss to Waxahachie. He was replaced by Eric Chavez, who had been playing receiver.
Morrison's status for Friday night is also questionable.
Sulphur Springs will travel to Denison on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
SSMS TONIGHT - In a rare midweek game, the Sulphur Springs Middle School will host Texas High today at Gerald Prim Stadium. The "C" team game will start at 4:30 p.m., with "B" team and "A" team to follow. ... The JV and ninth-grade games will be Thursday at Gerald Prim Stadium.
STAT ROUNDUP - Looking at the Wildcat statistics, junior receiver Jeff Beck is leading the team in receptions with 11 catches for 191 yards, a 17.4-yard average, and one TD. Tyler Rhoades has eight catches for 74 yards and DaQualin "Boo" Evans has four receptions for 37 yards. ... In the passing department, Brittan Diamond is 25-of-45 for 293 yards, two TDs and two interceptions, while Tyrick Rollison is 7-of-17 for 101 yards, no TDs and no picks. ... Diamond is also the team's leading rusher with 175 yards on 43 carries, including five touchdowns. Rollison is second on the team with 63 yards on eight totes.
D-FENSE - Defensively, Sulphur Springs has two interceptions, one each by Tanner Higgins and Ryan Gibson, and two fumble recoveries, one each by Higgins and Rashad Hall.� ... They have recorded six pass deflections, two each by Chad Rocker and Dunn and one each by Gibson and Darius Hall. ... outside linebackers Rashad Hall and Wilks each have a sack. With half-a-sack each are Dunn and Rodney Evans.