Young Wildcats get swept by Texarkana
From Staff Reports
Nov. 2, 2007 - Texas High and Texas Middle schools swept Sulphur Springs in subvarsity action on Thursday, though the Wildcats put up a lot of points in the ninth and JV games.
Texas High won the JV game, 49-27, and the freshmen "A" contest, 58-50. The freshmen "B" game was won by Texas High, 38-6, while Texas Middle School won all three eighth-grade games.
Texas High 49, SSHS 27
TEXARKANA - Texas High had three defensive returns for touchdowns to provide the difference.
SSHS quarterback Colton Lee threw two touchdown passes before being knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a concussion, while Jimmy Villa and J.B. Beachum each scored a rushing TD.
Lee's TD passes went to Garrett Ferguson (20 yards) and Lemarcus Kendricks (12 yards). Demontrae Morris kicked three extra points.
Lee completed 10-of-16 passes for 147 yards, and Sawyer Sinclair came on in relief and went 6-of-14 for 86 yards.
Villa, who had a 15-yard touchdown run, carried eight times for 56 yards to lead SSHS running backs. Ferguson caught six passes for 92 yards and also returned the opening kickoff 78 yards to set up the Wildcats' first TD. Kendricks had five receptions for 81 yards.
Defensively, Villa forced a fumble, Kendricks and Morris each had an interception, and Triston Crook was a standout in the secondary. Others who played well were linebackers Tyler Higginbotham and Jocko Spataro and linemen Demarcus Reeves and Beachum.
The Wildcats are now 5-4 overall, 3-1 in District 11-4A.
Texas High "A" 58, SSHS 50
TEXARKANA - The Wildcats turned the ball over twice in the first quarter and found themselves behind 30-8 before mounting a comeback.
Kaylon Alexander ran for three touchdowns, quarterback Tripp Reeves threw three more TD and ran for another to pace the SSHS offense. Running back Joe Scott also had a big night.
The Wildcats had to fight back from the early three-touchdown deficit, and they started with Alexander running 60 yards for a TD. Reeves found Irvin Anderson for a 30-yard score and Sharrord Timmons on a 5-yard TD connection. Reeves also threw a 12-yard TD pass to Anderson, and ran in a 19-yard TD himself.
Timmons had two interceptions, and returned one almost 80 yards, but was tripped up at the 5-yard line right before halftime.
"I was extremely pleased with the offense," said SSHS coach Jarrod Hammack. "We fought back, and I guarantee you Texas High knew they were in a football game."
The Wildcats' record slipped to 6-3, 2-2
Texas High "B" 38, SSHS 6
TEXARKANA - The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season (8-1, 3-1).
K.C. Macon scored Sulphur Springs' only TD on a 4-yard run.
Texas Middle "A" 16, SSMS "A" 8
Kendrick Daniels scored the only touchdown of the game for the Wildcats on a 2-yard run.
Others who played well offensively were Justin Owens, Cody Clayton, Kody Chester, Kryshad Ivery, lineman Ethan Boatman and Sean Hoffman.
Defensive standouts were Chester, Garrick "The Moose" Mosely and Daniels.
The "A" team is now 4-3, 2-2.
Texas Middle "B" 36, SSMS "B" 8
Jordan McLarry scored the only touchdown of the game on a 1-yard reception from quarterback Blake Macek for the Wildcats.
Offensively, the coaches praised the play of Dadrian Smith, Erick Simmons, Macek, Dusty Abner and McLarry.
Defensive standouts were Simmons and Justin Gunderson.
The "B" team is now 3-1-3, 2-1-1.
Texas Middle "C" 28, SSMS "C" 0
In their final game of the season, the coaches praised the play of Jakarian Shaw, Justin Johnson and Josue Leon on offense, while Daniel McLarry, Jarred Sutton and Sean Patton played well defensively.