Lindale shakes up district standings with two-touchdown victory over Paris
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Oct. 14, 2007 - The District 11-4A standings got shook up a little bit on Friday as Lindale handed visiting Paris a two-touchdown loss, 30-14.
Paris was picked as one of the top contenders for the district title with four athletes who have already verbally committed to Division I colleges. But, the Wildcats are now 3-3 on the year and have allowed more points (174) than they have scored (161). The 174 points is the most given up by any team in the district.
Next Friday, Paris hosts crosstown rival North Lamar (2-4, 0-1), which suffered a 49-0 loss to Texas High (3-2-1, 1-0) in its district opener.
PICK FIVE - SSHS sophomore safety Bryant "Day Day" Jackson picked off two passes on Friday to give him five for the season. That is halfway to the school record of 10 set by Roderick Mosely in 1994. ... Junior safety Johnny McSheffery also had two interceptions to give him three for the year. ... The Wildcats have now forced 22 turnovers this year (14 interceptions, eight fumbles), compared to just 16 all of last season. ... For the first time this season, the Wildcats had more yards rushing than passing (199-153) and more first downs (9-7).
THE RIGHT FOOT - SSHS senior kicker Oscar Marroquin has now made 11 consecutive extra points this season and hit his first field goal of the season, a 26-yarder, on Friday. ... Senior Brittan Diamond's longest punt came at the right time. He nailed a 46-yarder that was downed at the 11-yard line with 64 seconds left in the game. ... Diamond, middle linebacker Josh Dunn, outside linebacker Dillon Verner and defensive linemen Tyler Francis and Jamal Freeman each had more than 10 tackles. Francis also had two tackles for losses.
PENALTY PRONE - Mount Pleasant was hit with five major penalties - two for interference, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for facemask and another for a late hit. It added up to 95 yards on eight flags. ... The Wildcats, meanwhile, had 37 yards on four flags with one major violation (facemask). ... Mount Pleasant came into Friday's game averaging just eight pass attempts, but threw the ball 19 times against the Wildcats. It resulted in two TDs and four interceptions.