Wildcat Notes
Both teams penalized at inopportune times
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 16, 2006 - DENISON - The Wildcats were penalized 10 times for only 51 yards, but several of the penalties were costly.

Sulphur Springs was hit with a procedure call on the first play from scrimmage - never a good way to start a game. Then, following Denison's second TD, an offside call on the extra point gave the Yellowjackets a chance to go for two, which they converted for an 8-point lead.

The Wildcats were also hit with an illegal forward pass on a third down play in the third quarter that negated a first down, had a holding penalty bring back a 60-yard run by Tyrick Rollison in the third period, and another holding penalty erase Quentin Long's 38-yard kickoff return early in the fourth.

Denison, too, was hurt by penalties. An illegal substitution penalty kept a SSHS scoring drive alive when it appeared the Wildcats would have to punt in the second period, and a TD was erased on a holding penalty, though Denison scored on the next play.

HOME, SWEET HOMECOMING - The Wildcats will have homecoming next week when they host Sherman at Gerald Prim Stadium. Sherman beat Terrell, 33-7, on Friday. ... Homecoming festivities will take place before the game. ... It was homecoming for the Yellowjackets last night, and they did their ceremonies during a lengthy halftime. ... Around District 11-4A, Texas High improved to 3-0 with a 44-21 whipping of Findlay, Ohio at the University of Cincinnati. Lindale also improved to3-0 by beating Van, 31-7; Paris suffered its first loss to Little Elm, 35-34, when the Wildcats missed a game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter; Hallsville overcame an early Mount Pleasant lead to beat the Tigers, 35-21; and North Lamar slid by Class 2A- that's right a 4A team playing a 2A school - New Boston, 20-6.

TOP TACKLERS - Sulphur Springs outside linebacker Rashad Hall had an active night. He led the Wildcats in tackles with 11, and also had a pass defensed when he leapt up to knock down an intended screen. His sophomore classmate Darrell Franklin had a season-high five tackles and knocked down two passes himself at cornerback. ... The Wildcats also got a lot of tackles from the defensive line, despite giving up over 500 yards of offense. Rodney Evans got in on 10 tackles, Tyler Francis seven, Jamal Freeman four and A.D. Miles four. Other top tacklers for the Cats were inside linebacker Josh Dunn with nine and K.C. Smith with four. Linebackers Daniel Wasilowksi and Tyler Childers had four stops apiece, and safety Chad Rocker got in on six tackles.

HARD TO STOP - The Yellowjacket offense was explosive. Of Stanley Morrison's 26 carries, 11 went for more than 10 yards. Of his five pass completions, four were for first downs. ... Munson Stadium had Field Turf added since the Wildcats last played there in 2003.

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