Perfect 8: Cats finish 7-on-7 season with pair of wins
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
June 29, 2007 - Sulphur Springs made it a Perfect 8 on the final week of the 7-on-7 football league Thursday.
The Wildcats capped off the four-week schedule with a pair of convincing victories over Mineola and Lone Oak to finish the league with an 8-0 record.
The JV Wildcats ended their season on a high note as well, whipping Alba-Golden in their final game.
In the varsity action, Sulphur Springs beat Mineola 50-0 and Lone Oak 40-20. Paris also won twice, beating Lone Oak 27-25 and Commerce 25-19. Winnsboro was a double winner as well, beating Commerce 34-14 and Mineola 28-20.
In the JV division, Sulphur Springs lost to Como-Pickton 32-12 and then whipped Alba-Golden 48-7; Mount Vernon beat Alba-Golden 35-0 and Winnsboro JV 21-0; and Como-Pickton defeated Winnsboro JV in the final game.
Wildcats 50, Mineola 0
The Wildcats scored every possession they had the ball with seven different players putting up points.
Wide receiver Jace Jackson caught two touchdowns and a conversion, while Chris Thompson and Jeff Beck each snagged a TD and a conversion and DaQualin "Boo" Evans caught a TD and two extra-points. Also getting into the end zone were Shane McQueen and Rashad Hall with TDs and Kaylon Page with a conversion catch.
Quarterback Tyrick Rollison completed 17-of-21 passes with four touchdowns, and Johnny McSheffery completed 13-of-19 with three TDs. Neither quarterback threw an interception.
Thompson led all receivers with eight catches, while Jackson had seven and Evans five.
Defensively, Brittan Diamond came up with an interception.
Wildcats 40, Lone Oak 20
Diamond had quite a game, catching 12 passes for a touchdown and two conversions and grabbing an end zone interception on defense.
Lone Oak scored three times in the first half, including a TD on the final play of the half, to creep within 27-20. But, the Wildcat defense held the Buffaloes without a point in the second half. Dalton Abner had a first-half interception to stop one Lone Oak drive.
Offensively, Rollison threw short TD passes to Evans and Jackson, and then connected on bombs with Ben Barrows and Beck in the first half. Barrows also made a nice leaping catch between two defenders on a conversion pass.
In the second half, Sulphur Springs scored first as Rollison connected with Thompson, then the Wildcats put the game away as McSheffery hit Diamond with a TD pass and conversion.
Rollison finished 20-of-26 for five TDs, and McSheffery was 10-of-17 for one TD and one interception.
Along with Diamond's dozen catches, Jackson hauled in six receptions and Thompson five.
Como-Pickton 32, SS JV 12
SS quarterback Cedric Finnie connected with Day Day Jackson on a pair of short passes for the Wildcats' TDs. Jackson and Garrett Ferguson were the Wildcats' top two receivers.
Finnie ended the game 17-of-40.
For C-P, Austin Darby completed 18-of-36 passes.
SS JV 48, Alba-Golden 7
The Wildcat defense did its share against Alba-Golden, coming up with two interceptions apiece from Lemarcus Kendricks and Clayton Vaughn, who returned one of his picks for a touchdown.
Offensively, Finnie connected with Jackson for five touchdowns ranging from 5 yards to 45 yards. Sulphur Springs' other points came on a TD to Ferguson and conversion receptions by Colby Suggs and Keiston Clayton, who had a big day receiving.