Wildcats back to Mesquite for playoffs

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 12, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats have played some of their most memorable playoff games in Mesquite stadiums. On Friday, they will have a chance to make more memories.

The Wildcats (9-1) will travel to E.H. Hanby Stadium to take on the Whitehouse Wildcats (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It will be a match-up of district champions.

Sulphur Springs went undefeated in District 11-4A, knocking off six-time district champion Texas High along the way. Whitehouse lost its first District 12-4A game to Kilgore, but went 6-0 the rest of the way to tie the Bulldogs as co-champions.

Sulphur Springs and Whitehouse met in the season's second game this year, with Whitehouse overcoming a 22-18 halftime deficit to win, 38-22. TexasPrepInsider.com has Whitehouse as the top-ranked Class 4A team in East Texas, with Sulphur Springs ranked No. 2.

Sulphur Springs last went to Hanby Stadium in 2002, when the Wildcats were out-matched by Highland Park in the bi-district game. In the mid-90s, Sulphur Springs made regular trips to Mesquite for playoff contests, particularly Mesquite Memorial.

Hanby Stadium is a little smaller than Memorial, but it was renovated in 2002 and has some of the same amenities including Field Turf. To get to the stadium, take Interstate 30 to Garland, then exit on Belt Line Road and travel south, past U.S. 80 until you come to East Davis Street. Take a left on East Davis, and the stadium is about two blocks away.

Tickets for the contest will go on sale at the SSHS office on Wednesday. Advance general admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. At the gate, all tickets are $7.

Tyler chapter officials will be calling the game.

In other match-ups between the two districts, Texas High (6-3-1) will play Marshall (6-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Rose Stadium in the Div. I bracket. In Div. II, Kilgore (8-2) will take on Mount Pleasant (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Stadium.

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