Young Wildcats split games over Lindale

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

Oct. 19, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs subvarsity teams split six games with Lindale on Thursday.

Junior Varsity

SSHS 35, Lindale 6

The Wildcats scored on the first play from scrimmage and went on to put up touchdowns on four of their first first-half possessions to improve to 2-0 in District 11-4A and 4-3 overall.

Quarterback Colton Lee took off on a 53-yard touchdown run on the game's opening play after a 35-yard kickoff return by Garrett Ferguson. Demontra Morris' extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead just 25 seconds into the game.

Lee went on to throw for three touchdown passes, all of them going to Lemarcus Kendricks, who hauled in four passes for 127 yards. Ferguson ended with six catches for 100 yards, and Lee completed 13-of-19 aerials for 225 yards.

Kendricks caught his first TD, a 65-yarder, from Lee, with one minute left in the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 13-0 lead. They made it 28-0 before halftime on a 4-yard scoring run by Jimmy Villa, who finished with 42 yards rushing on six carries, and a 26-yard leaping catch in the end zone by Kendricks. Devion Hill added a two-point conversion.

The Wildcats' final TD came midway through the third quarter on Kendricks' 39-yard catch-and-run.

Defensively, SSHS middle linebacker Jacko Spataro had an interception and four tackles, while Tyler Higginbotham had five stops. Cornerback Keiston Clayton added four tackles and two pass break-ups. Safety Triston Crook had four tackles and one pass break-up.

Freshmen

Lindale "A" 28, SSHS 26

For the second consecutive week, the freshmen Wildcats found themselves in a deep hole early in the game. This time, though, they couldn't fully recover.

Last week, the Wildcats (1-1, 5-2) held off Mount Pleasant by turning away a last-minute two-point conversion. This week, the same thing happened in reverse.

After falling behind 22-6 in the second period, the Wildcats used a 20-point second-half to get to within 28-26 with 1:39 left to play. But, SSHS failed to get a pass attempt into the end zone, and Lindale recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

Lindale scored the first three times it had the ball to go up 22-6 at halftime. Sulphur Springs' TD came on a 27-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Tripp Reeves to Alvin Frazier.

The Wildcats scored twice more in the second half on a 1-yard TD run by Kaylon Alexander, set up by a 37-yard completion from Reeves to Tylan Harris, and a 55-yard touchdown pass from Reeves to Frazier. Reeves' conversion run cut the deficit to 28-20.

The Wildcats then set the final score when Alexander caught a screen pass from Reeves and broke about five tackles on his 11-yard run to the end zone. Alexander finished with 83 total yards (56 receiving, 27 rushing), while Frazier had 93 yards receiving on three catches. Reeves completed 13-of-31 passes for 219 yards and no interceptions.

Defensively for the Cats, Sharrord Timmons had nine tackles, and Chris Sorely, Dylan Owsley, Eduardo Osorio, Joe Scott and Tyler Halermural each had at least five tackles each. Linebacker Jared Riley had an interception to go with four tackles.

SSHS "B" 22, Lindale 8

The Wildcats fell behind 8-0, but scored the final 22 points on TD runs by Chris Duran and David Mobley and a touchdown completion from Mobley to Tanner Gilbreath.

Defensively, Preston Thompson had a fumble recovery.

The freshmen "B" team remained unbeaten at 7-0, 2-0.

Eighth Grade

Lindale "A" 30, SSMS "A" 18

LINDALE - Kendrick Daniels had two touchdown receptions from Justin Owens of 6 and 40 yards, respectively, while also returning a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Cody Clayton led all receivers with 77 yards receiving for the Wildcats.

Defensive standouts were Clayton, Daniels and Jonathan Carlisle.

The "A" team is now 3-2, 1-1.

SSMS "B" 28, Lindale "B" 14

It was the Dadrian Smith show Thursday in Lindale.

Smith ran for 199 yards on seven carries and returned two punts for touchdowns of 40 and 80 yards for the Wildcats (3-0-2, 2-0).

Sulphur Springs quarterback Blake Macek completed five passes for 100 yards.

Defensive leaders were Erick Simmons with three sacks and a caused fumble, Blake Chester and Nolan Henly.

Lindale "C" 14, SSMS "C" 12

The Wildcats had scores from Jakarian Shaw on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Justin Johnson, while teammate Josue Leon also scored a touchdown for the Wildcats.

Defensive leaders were Nathan Winchester, Daniel McLarry, Trey Adair and Colten Goolsby.

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