Wildcats varsity goes 2-0 in 7-on-7 action; junior varsity wraps day 1 with 0-2 record

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

June 8, 2007 - On the opening night of the second annual Sulphur Springs 7-on-7 football league, the Sulphur Springs varsity went 2-0, while the junior varsity went 0-2 Thursday at James Cameron Practice Fields.

The SS1 team - the varsity level squad - beat Commerce 29-12, then defeated Paris 26-6. SS2, meanwhile, fell to Mount Vernon 33-19, then lost to Como-Pickton 25-13 in the nightcap.

In other varsity action, Lone Oak beat Mineola 36-0, Winnsboro defeated Paris 20-12, Winnsboro defeated Lone Oak 20-14, and Commerce beat Mineola 41-18. In JV action, Mount Vernon defeated Winnsboro JV 24-13, Como-Pickton defeated Alba-Golden 28-0, and Winnsboro JV beat Alba-Golden 34-8.

Varsity

Game 1

SS1 29, Commerce 12

Sulphur Springs quarterback Johnny McSheffery had a strong game offensively and defensively as he had an interception return for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Beck during the first half of their win.

McSheffery went the length of the field on the interception return and then Tyrick Rollison found Brittan Diamond on the extra point attempt for a 7-0 lead.

Beck finished the night with two touchdowns in the game, while Chris Thompson caught the other touchdown for the Wildcats. Rollison threw two TD passes.

Sulphur Springs will face Winnsboro at 5:30 p.m. next week and then face Lone Oak at 7:30 p.m. at Field No. 1.

Game 2

SS1 26, Paris 6

In the final game for the varsity, Thompson once again put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with a touchdown reception from Rollison, but the extra point pass failed for the 6-0 lead.

SSHS then took a 14-0 lead as McSheffery connected with Diamond. The Wildcats converted the extra point as Diamond made a diving catch on the two-point attempt from McSheffery for a 14-0 lead.

In the second half, Jace Jackson and Beck had touchdown catches for the 26-6 finale.

Paris scored its only touchdown of the game in the second half and failed to convert the extra point attempt.

Junior Varsity

Game 1

Mount Vernon 33, SS2 19

Sulphur Springs JV started its portion of 7-on-7 league play on a tough note against an aggressive Mount Vernon team.

Mount Vernon opened up the game with an interception return for a touchdown and converted the two-point attempt to take an early 8-0 lead.

The Wildcats' offense put together an impressive drive for their first touchdown capped off with a scoring pass from Cedric Finnie to Lemarcus Kendricks. Finnie then connected with Garrett Ferguson on the extra point for an 8-7 deficit.

Mount Vernon then scored 25 unanswered points before Sulphur Springs scored the final two touchdowns of the game.

Finnie connected with Ferguson on both of those touchdowns for the 33-19 finale.

Sulphur Springs will have a rematch with Mount Vernon on June 21 at 5:30 p.m. on Field No. 3.

Game 2

Como-Pickton 25, SS2 13

In the final game of the night, Sulphur Springs took the early lead on a nice pass from Finnie to Day Day Jackson and then completed the extra-point as Finnie found Kendricks for the 7-0 lead.

Como-Pickton then went the length of the field to score a touchdown of its own but missed on the extra point.

SSHS quarterback Sawyer Sinclair then came back with a touchdown pass to Robert Askew, but the Wildcats missed the extra point to take a 13-6 lead.

Como-Pickton then scored the final 19 points of the contest to take the come-from-behind win.

Next Thursday, SS2 takes on Como-Pickton at 5:30 p.m. and Alba-Golden at 7:30 p.m. on Field No. 3.

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