Young Wildcats win four games; lose two

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

Oct. 5, 2007 - SSHS tried out the new scoreboard at Gerald Prim Stadium for the first time on Thursday, and came out on the winning side in two of the three subvarsity games.

The SSHS freshmen "A" team beat Liberty-Eylau 27-22, and the "B" team defeated Lindale, 28-6. The Wildcat JV, though, lost to L-E, 34-22.

The SSMS teams won two games at Liberty-Eylau as the "A" team won 34-14 and the "B" team wonn 6-0. The "C" team lost 24-0.

Junior Varsity

Liberty-Eylau 34, SSHS 22

Sulphur Springs turnovers and Liberty-Eylau big plays spelled doom for the Wildcats (2-3).

The Wildcats committed four turnovers, including a fumble inside the 1-yard line with a minute left in the half, and L-E put together three one-play TD drives - all in the fourth quarter - to seal the win. The Leopards snapped the ball four times in the final period and scored 18 points.

The Wildcats went up 7-0 in the first period on their own one-play drive when Garrett Ferguson turned a short pass from quarterback Colton Lee into a 40-yard TD. Demontra Morris converted the extra point. The TD was set up by a fumble recovery by Demarcus Reeves, who led the team with nine tackles.

SSHS scored again on their next possession when Kerry Duffey caught a swing pass and raced 36 yards for a TD. The Wildcats received excellent field position on Lemarcus Kendricks' 30-yard punt return.

Kendricks set up the Wildcats' final TD - which tied the score at 22-22 with 5:47 left in the game - with a 48-yard kickoff return. J.B. Beachum scored the short-yardage TD on a 1-yard run.

But, L-E scored the final two times they had the ball on runs of 62 and 90 yards to take the win.

Lee finished 16-of-30 passing fro 210 yards and also rushed seven times for 41 yards. Ferguson led all receivers with six catches for 79 yards and Duffey added 66 yards on four receptions.

Defensively, Jacko Spataro, Clayton Vaughn, Keiston Clayton, Triston Crook and Kendricks all had five tackles.

Freshmen

SSHS "A" 27, L-E 22

The Wildcats scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:35 to play when Joe Scott raced around left end from 21 yards out to hand Liberty-Eylau its first loss.

SSHS improved to 4-1 behind two rushing touchdowns from Scott, another by Kaylon Alexander and a passing TD from quarterback Tripp Reeves.

SSHS took a 7-6 lead late in the first period on a 35-yard TD pass from Reeves to Sharrord Timmons and Fernando Arrellano's extra point.

After falling behind 14-7 early in the second period, the Wildcats scored twice before halftime to take a 21-14 lead. The TDs came on a 5-yard run by Kaylon Alexander and a 39-yard cutback from Scott.

Alexander's TD was set up by a 35-yard catch-and-run by Tylan Harris and a 22-yard connection from Reeves to Irvin Anderson.

The scored stayed that way until 5:18 left in the game when L-E took advantage of a failed fake punt by the Wildcats to score on a 10-yard run and take a 22-21 advantage.

SSHS, though, marched down the field and scored on Scott's TD, then the defense held L-E on its final possession.

Defensively, Scott and linebacker Chris Sorley led the team in tackles along with Dylan Owsley and Alvin Frazier, who also recovered a fumble.

Reeves had another efficient game, completing 17-of-23 passes for 227 yards and no interceptions. Frazier caught four passes, while Anderson, Harris and Timmons had three receptions each. Scott was the team's leading rusher with 81 yards on six carries.

SSHS "B" 28, Lindale 6

L-E didn't have a "B" team, so the Wildcats started off the evening with a win over Lindale behind a strong defensive effort.

Chris Duran led the defense with 10 tackles and helped the Wildcats (5-0) turn back Lindale three times on downs inside the 10-yard line.

Offensively, K.C. Macon carried the ball six times for 162 yards, including TD runs of 63 and 82 yards. The Wildcats also scored on a 40-yard pass from quarterback David Mobley to Lane Anderson and a 17-yard reception by Dallan Sant.

Defensively, Tanner Gilbreath and Mobley each recovered a fumble.

SSMS "A" 34, Liberty-Eylau 14

TEXARKANA - Kody Chester had two touchdown receptions from quarterback Justin Owens for eight and 55 yards to lead the offense.

Defensively, the Wildcats had touchdowns from Jaylon Perry on a 40-yard fumble recovery, a 30-yard fumble recovery by Kendrick Daniels off a sack from teammate Sean Hoffman and a 25-yard interception return by Cody Clayton.

Coaches praised the defensive play of Garrick Mosely with an interception and two fumble recoveries along with Chester, Hoffman, Clayton and Daniels.

SSMS "B" 6, Liberty-Eylau 0

Adryan Johnson had a 45-yard touchdown for the Wildcats for the only score of the game.

Coaches praised the play of Blake Chester, Tray Perry and Justin Gunderson on defense.

Liberty-Eylau "C" 24, SSMS 0

The "C" team was led by Colten Goolsby, Jakarian Shaw and Daniel McLarry on defense.

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