Wildcat Notes: Wildcats not in the playoffs, yet

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

Oct. 28, 2007 - Sulphur Springs is not in the playoffs yet, but the Wildcats can clinch a spot next week in three different ways.

The Wildcats are tied with Texas High at 3-0 atop the District 11-4A standings. Texas High has already clinched a playoff berth by virtue of who they have beaten.

Sulphur Springs can clinch next week if one of the following happens:

Sulphur Springs beats beat Texas High;

OR if Paris (0-3) beats Mount Pleasant (1-2);

OR if Lindale (1-2) beats North Lamar (1-2).

All of the 11-4A teams are still mathematically alive in the playoff hunt. Texas High, the largest school in the district, will be the 11-4A representative in the Division I bracket.

IMPORTANT CATCH - SSHS wide receiver Chris Thompson tied Kendall Wright's four-year-old record of nine touchdown receptions in a season when he hauled in a 17-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter. Thompson is only two touchdowns behind Rolaundo Wright's career touchdown record of 11. ... The Wildcats came up with three more turnovers (including Dalton Abner's recovery of a kickoff). Junior safety Johnny McSheffery ended Paris' second drive of the game with a fumble recovery inside the Wildcats' 10-yard line. Josh Dunn set up an SSHS TD with an 11-yard fumble return in the third quarter. ... SSHS now has created 31 turnovers this season.

TRUE LEG - Wildcat senior Oscar Marroquin tried two 40-plus field goals on Friday. His first attempt, from 47 yards, was right on line but landed short. His 42-yarder was right down the middle. He is now 4-of-6 on field goals this year. ... Paris was penalized 10 times for 65 yards. Eight of the penalties were for offside or illegal procedure. Sulphur Springs was flagged three times for 25 yards. ... Sulphur Springs punter Brittan Diamond had a season-long 53-yard boot in the first half. Diamond also led the team in rushing with 28 yards on five carries. ... Senior wide receiver Jeff Beck laid out in the end zone, trying to make a 21-yard, fingertip, over-the-shoulder catch on the Wildcats' first possession. One official signaled he made the reception, but was overruled by another referee.

STARS ARE OUT - Paris started the season with four Division I pledges on its roster, but only one played on Friday, and he did so sparingly. Keon Furtch, who has committed to Texas A&M as a cornerback, did not play on defense but did play some at tailback, carrying the ball six times for 32 yards. Two other Paris stars were out with injuries (offensive tackle Stephen Good and defensive back L.D. Gunn), while another (wide receiver/defensive back Jordan Fields) was not with the team.

AROUND THE DISTRICT - Three teams, Mount Pleasant, Lindale and North Lamar, are now 1-2 in the standings and tied for third after Friday night. Mount Pleasant beat North Lamar, 49-28, while Lindale was beaten by Texas High, 42-0.

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