SSHS defense starting to set sights on school records

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

Oct. 21, 2007 - LINDALE - While the focus of the Wildcats' record-breaking performances so far this season has been on the offense, the defense may end up with names in the record books as well.

With four more interceptions on Friday, the Wildcat defense now has 18 for the season, which is just three shy of the school mark of 21 set by the 1993 team in 14 games.

Sophomore safety Bryant "Day Day" Jackson leads the team with five interceptions, while junior safety Johnny McSheffery has four picks. Sophomore cornerback Shane McQueen now has three interceptions with his pair on Friday.

The Wildcat defense also has 10 fumble recoveries, which is well shy of the 1993 record of 29. The 1993 team's 50 take-aways in a season is the school record. The current Wildcat team has 28.

BREAK IT UP - In addition to the four interceptions, the Wildcats had 11 passes defensed, which means Lindale receivers were covered most of the night. Jackson, McQueen and Kaylon Page each knocked down two passes, and junior safety Jayden Wallace started in the Wildcats' nickel defense and knocked down one pass to go with four tackles. ... In an unusual situation, the down-and-distance markers were on the home side of the field in Lindale rather than on the visitor's sideline, which is the norm. ... Lindale had three different players throw passes and they combined to complete 22-of-50 passes (44 percent) for 271 yards.

ON THE OTHER SIDE - On the other side of the ball, SSHS junior quarterback Tyrick Rollison eclipsed the single-game passing mark set by Ryan Henry in 2003 when he threw for 439 yards in a bi-district game against Highland Park. Rollison threw for 457 yards and three touchdowns, which increases his school record to 25 TDs on the season. He is also less than 50 yards away from the school's single-season yardage mark of 2,417 set by Henry. ... SSHS wide receiver Chris Thompson caught his seventh and eighth touchdown passes of the year, tying him for second-place on the school's TD mark and leaving him one away from the Wildcat record of nine, set by Kendall Wright in 2003.

AROUND THE DISTRICT - Paris (3-4, 0-2) continued its fall, losing at home 16-6 to crosstown rival North Lamar (3-4, 1-1) on Friday. Paris, which suspended five players after last week's loss to Lindale, comes to Gerald Prim Stadium on Friday. Texas High (4-2-1, 2-0) stayed tied with Sulphur Springs for the district lead with a 38-18 win over Mount Pleasant (3-4, 0-2). ... Sulphur Springs' next two games are at home.

TAKE A STAND - Sulphur Springs turned the ball over once, a fumbled handoff in the first quarter recovered by Lindale defensive lineman John Carroll. But, the SSHS defense held and forced a punt. ... There were a combined 12 punts by both teams. ... Lindale receiver Logan Lawrence caught seven passes for 113 yards. ... After hitting two field goal attempts on Friday, SS kicker Oscar Marroquin is 3-for-4 on the season.

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