Wildcat Notes - Rematch: Wildcats will face Whitehouse again in bi-district
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Nov. 11, 2007 - PARIS - It will be rematch time for Sulphur Springs and Whitehouse.
The two teams, which met in the second game of the season, will face each other again on Friday in the first round of the Class 4A, Div. II playoffs.
The bi-district game is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hanby Stadium in Mesquite.
Whitehouse (9-1 overall) finished the District 12-4A campaign with a 6-1 record and as co-champions with Kilgore. However, Kilgore (8-2, 6-1) beat Whitehouse, 27-16, in their head-to-head match-up, so Kilgore got the top seed in the district and will play Mount Pleasant (5-5, 3-2) in a game tentatively set for Friday night at Rose Stadium in Tyler.
In the Div. I bracket, Texas High (6-3-1, 4-1) will take on Marshall (6-4, 5-2) Saturday afternoon at Rose Stadium.
In the earlier game between Whitehouse and Sulphur Springs, Whitehouse won at home by a score of 38-22.
In District 11-4A games last night, Mount Pleasant beat Lindale 48-22 to capture third place, while Texas High beat Paris 41-12. In District 12-4A, Whitehouse beat Nacogdoches 27-12, and Kilgore beat Marshall 10-7.
BLOCKS AHOY - North Lamar just didn't have the athleticism to contain SSHS quarterback Tyrick Rollison, who scrambled for gains of 12, 29 and 36 yards and then a 9-yard TD. ... The SSHS offensive line of Jake Russell, Dakota Graham, Colby Suggs, Mason Y'Barbo, Alex Peek and Beau Carpenter did a good job of holding out a large defensive line. ... Senior receiver Chris Thompson caught his 10th TD pass of the season, setting a new single-season school record, breaking the old mark set in 2003 by Kendall Wright.
NEW NAMES - Several Wildcats had firsts on Friday. Back-up quarterback Johnny McSheffery scored his first TD of the season, Cedric Finnie completed his first pass, which went to Anthony Mills (his first reception), and Ben Barrows also caught his first pass. Both Mills' and Barrows' catches went for first downs. ... Defensively, junior safety Jayden Wallace had his first interception of the year. ... That gave the Wildcats 19 interceptions for the season. Combined with their 18 fumble recoveries, the Wildcats have forced 37 turnovers. ... Sulphur Springs has committed just 13 turnovers, giving them a plus-24 for the season.
LOSS LEADER - Sulphur Springs held North Lamar to negative yardage on nine offensive plays, zero yards on two more and forced six pass incompletions. That adds up to 17 of North Lamar's 34 plays which went for zero or negative yards. Getting the tackles for losses were Dillon Verner, Colton Nash, Gabriel Rubio, Dalton Abner and Johnny McSheffery. Brittan Diamond also had a quarterback sack. ... SSHS senior kicker J.D. Cruz went 1-for-2 on extra points and also kicked off three times.
CLOSING IN - Jeff Beck caught four passes on Friday, giving him 64 for the season and 101 in his career. With three more, he will tie the school record of 104 set by Josh Riley in 2004-05. ... SSHS did not punt in the game nor have a turnover.