Over the Top: Wildcats stay unbeaten in 7-on-7 league
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
June 15, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs varsity stayed unbeaten in the 7-on-7 competition Thursday, but it wasn't without a scare.
The Wildcats won their two games on Thursday at the James Cameron Memorial Practice Fields, beating Winnsboro 14-13 in a game that came down to the last play, and then ran away from Lone Oak 38-12.
Wildcats 14, Winnsboro 13
Quarterback Johnny McSheffery, who took all the snaps in both games, threw two TD passes and just as importantly, two extra point passes.
McSheffery completed 24-of-41 passes with a pair of interceptions. His first TD pass, coming on the final play of the first half, went to Brittan Diamond from the 1-yard line. Chris Thompson caught the conversion to put the Wildcats ahead 7-6.
On their first series of the second half, McSheffery connected with Diamond again on a short underneath route for the second TD, then found Jeff Beck in the corner of the end zone for the conversion.
Winnsboro scored on its next possession to pull back to within one point. But, on the final two possessions, Sulphur Springs defensive back Rashad Hall broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone, then on the final play of the game, Darrell Franklin made a leaping interception near the back line of the end zone.
The Wildcats also received outstanding play from linebackers Daniel Wasilowski, who broke up two third-down passes, and Dillon Verner, who knocked away Winnsboro's first extra-point attempt.
Diamond caught nine passes and Jace Jackson caught seven to lead SSHS receivers.
Wildcats 28, Lone Oak 12
Sulphur Springs fell behind on the first possession, but then scored four straight TDs to take a big lead.
The Wildcats were able to go deep on Lone Oak with TD catches of 35 yards by Quentin Long, 40 yards by Jackson and 20 yards by Diamond, plus Jackson snagged a deep sideline pass to set up a short TD reception by Beck.
Jackson had two TD receptions, as did Diamond, while Thompson caught one TD and a conversion.
McSheffery completed 24-of-36 passes without an interception as Diamond, Jackson and Beck all caught at least six passes each.
The Wildcat defense held Lone Oak to four possessions of three-and-out, as defensive back Dalton Abner broke up one third-down pass, and McSheffery knocked away a pass in the end zone on the final play of the first half with the Wildcats leading 19-6.
In other varsity action, Paris won two games, beating Commerce 28-13 and Mineola 20-7. Winnsboro beat Mineola in the other varsity contest.
Como-Pickton 14, Sulphur Springs 13
For the second straight week, the Sulphur Springs junior varsity could not figure out the Como-Pickton Eagles.
The Eagles scored two touchdowns late in the contest and scored the game-winner with no time remaining on the clock. The Eagles converted a 20-yard pass up the middle with less than a minute remaining to get within range for the winning touchdown.
According to 7-on-7 rules, the offensive team is allowed to go for the extra-point when time expires and Como-Pickton converted the pass for the win.
Earlier in the contest, Wildcat receiver Shane McQueen scored the first touchdown of the game on a pass from Cedrick Finnie. Day Day Jackson caught the extra-point from Finnie for the 7-0 lead.
In the second half, the Wildcats looked to have put the game out of reach on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Sawyer Sinclair to Jacob Carona for the 13-0 lead. The extra-point pass failed.
Como-Pickton defeated Sulphur Springs 25-13 last week in the league opener.
Sulphur Springs 41, Alba-Golden 0
The Wildcats picked up their first win of the league as Finnie threw six touchdowns passes to four different receivers.
The Wildcats took a 21-0 lead in the first half on two touchdown receptions by Lemarcus Kendricks and a touchdown catch by Robert Askew. Jet McCarter converted two extra-point passes while Kendricks had one in the first half.
In the second half, Finnie connected with Kendricks on their opening touchdown as McQueen converted the PAT pass for the 28-0 lead. Jackson then scored their next touchdown and also caught the PAT pass.
Keiston Clayton then rounded out the scoring with a touchdown reception down the right sideline for the 41-0 lead at the buzzer.
The remaining scores from Field 3 had Mount Vernon defeat Alba-Golden 28-0 and Mount Vernon defeated Winnsboro JV 31-19. On field No. 2 in varsity action, Commerce defeated Lone Oak 33-26 in overtime.