SSHS junior varsity wins nightcap over Denison; freshman lose both games
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 15, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs junior varsity stifled Denison in the nightcap of a subvarsity triple-header Thursday at Gerald Prim Stadium, while the SSHS freshmen lost their two games.

SSHS JV 27, Denison 6

Running back Philip Wilson ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Johnny McSheffery threw for two more as the Wildcats rolled to a three-touchdown victory.

Wilson opened the scoring with a 50-yard TD run up the middle on the Wildcats' first series of the game. J.D. Cruz kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Wilson then added a 36-yard scoring run with four minutes left in the opening period to stake Sulphur Springs to a 13-0 advantage. He finished with 162 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The 6-0, 210-pound running back, who is a transfer from New Orleans, also scored Sulphur Springs' third touchdown - this time on a 25-yard catch-and-run from McSheffery - midway through the second quarter.

McSheffery ended the Wildcats' scoring with 63 seconds to play in the first half when he tossed a 10-yard TD pass to wide receiver Jace Jackson in the back of the end zone. McSheffery's conversion run made the score 27-0 going into halftime.

McSheffery finished the game 8-of-11 in the passing department for 155 yards. He also ran four times for 11 yards. Six of his passes went to Jackson for 108 yards. His other two aerials were caught by Ben Barrows and Wilson.

The Wildcats had over 230 yards rushing as Kerry Duffey ran three times for 45 yards, and Eddie Arciga, Jimmy George and Feltus Williams combined for 20 yards on the ground.

Leading the team in tackles were linebackers Ryan Miller and Jake Russell, defensive end Colton Nash and Colton Jones.

Russell and Savion Thomas each had 1 1/2 sacks, and Russell also forced a fumble, which was recovered by safety Jayden Wallace. Wallace also intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it to near midfield with less than a minute to play in the game.

Denison Freshmen "A" 20, SSHS 0

The Sulphur Springs ninth-graders had a difficult time getting anything going offensively, and Denison found its running game in the second half.

Denison took a 7-0 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half, then added two more TDs in the second half. Every one of Denison's second-half possessions started in Wildcat territory.

Sulphur Springs had a chance to score right before halftime, but lost a fumble inside Denison's 30-yard line.

Leading the ground attack for the ninth-graders were Shane McQueen and Jimmy Villa.

Top tacklers were Villa, McQueen, Tyler Higginbotham, Garrett Ferguson, Jacko Spataro and J.B. Beachem.

The Denison freshmen "B" team won, 8-0. Details of the game were not available.

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