Wildcat Notes: SSHS defense meets two of its goals

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

Sept. 1, 2007 - The Wildcat defense went into Friday's game with a goal to stop the run and shut down third-down conversions.

Check and check.

McKinney ran for just 68 yards on 22 carries, and 20 of that came on the next-to-last play of the game The Lions did not get into the end zone rushing.

When it came to third-down conversions, McKinney was just 2-of-11 (18 percent).

Sulphur Springs was successful on 7-of-13 on third-down conversions (53.8 percent) and 1-of-3 on fourth-down tries.

SPREAD IT AROUND - Eight different receivers caught the ball the Sulphur Springs and six different backs carried the pigskin. Along with Chris Thompson's nine catches for 119 yards, DaQualin Evans had eight receptions for 50 yards, Jeff Beck caught six for 62, Rashad Hall had four for 21, Brittan Diamond added four for 25 and Jace Jackson caught three for 66. ... SSHS QB Tyrick Rollison completed 74 percent of his passes and had three drops by receivers. If those were caught, Rollison would have had an 80-percent completion rate.

SPECIAL D - Dillon Verner led the Wildcats on special teams, contributing three tackles on kick returns. ... Diamond punted three times for a 40-yard average, including a 44-yard beauty in the first quarter that was downed on the 2-yard line by Dalton Abner, the deep snapper. ... The Wildcats were just 1-of-5 on extra points, the lone make coming on Oscar Marroquin's only PAT attempt. Marroquin also handled kick-off duties. ... Both teams were nicked by penalties. McKinney had seven for 41 yards - three penalties were for less than five yards because they occurred near the goal line. SSHS had six flags for 40 yards. ... Both teams had two turnovers.

THREE TIMES A QB - McKinney used three different quarterbacks, with sophomore Zach Lee being the most effective. Lee, who won the starting job in the spring but missed two weeks of fall practice because he was pitching for the national junior baseball team, will likely start the remainder of the season. His first two passes both went for touchdowns. ... Five different SSHS defensive backs broke up passes. They were Darrell Franklin, Dalton Abner, Quentin Long, Johnny McSheffery and Bryant Jackson.

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