SSHS subvarsities win 2-of-3 from Whitehouse

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

Sept. 7, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs subvarsity teams took 2-out-of-3 games from Whitehouse on Thursday as the freshmen swept their counterparts at Gerald Prim Stadium.

The SSHS freshmen "A" put together a solid final three quarters to take a 29-14 victory, the ninth-grade "B" team shut out Whitehouse over the final half to win 20-10, but the SSHS JV came up short in the red zone, falling 21-12.

Junior Varsity

Whitehouse 21, SSHS 12

The Wildcats four times had drives cross the Whitehouse 20-yard line but came away with no points, including one each at the end of each half.

Sulphur Springs got down to the 9-yard line on its first possession but didn't score before Whitehouse put up 21 unanswered points. On their final drive of the first half, Wildcats quarterback Sawyer Sinclair completed a 28-yard pass to LeMarcus Kendricks to get the ball down to the 1-yard line, but SSHS couldn't punch it in.

The Wildcats scored twice in the second half, on an 8-yard pass from Colton Lee to Kendricks and again on an 11-yard run by Lee in the fourth quarter. The first TD was set up when Derek Hanson recovered a fumble following a quarterback sack by J.B. Beachem and Demarcus Reeves.

Lee ended the game completing 18-of-35 passes for 193 yards and two interceptions. Sinclair was good on 4-of-5 passes for 57 yards. Kerry Duffey led all receivers with nine catches for 116 yards,while Jacob Corona caught six for 51 yards and Kendricks had four catches for 72 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Jacko Spataro had eight tackles and J.R. Rivera had six stops, including a tackle of the punter after a bad snap. Cornerback Clayton Vaughn had six tackles, two of which were touchdown-saving stops when he ran down a back.

Freshmen

SSHS "A" 29, Whitehouse 14

The Wildcats were excellent in the second half, outscoring Whitehouse 15-0 to break a 14-14 halftime tie.

SSHS quarterback Tripp Reeves completed all 10 passes he attempted in the second half and wound up 18-of-23 for 228 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Sulphur Springs went three-and-out on its first three possessions before finally breaking the ice on a 5-yard scoring pass from Reeves to Alvin Frazier. Fernando Arrellano kicked the first of his three PATs.

The Wildcats then went ahead 14-7 late in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Kaylon Alexander. The TD was set up by a 25-yard catch-and-run by Frazier.

To start the second half, a bizarre play happened when SSHS kicked off and Whitehouse returned it for a TD - but there were no officials on the field. The play was called back and Whitehouse subsequently missed a 35-yard field goal attempt.

The Wildcats' final two TDs came on an 80-yard completion from Reeves to Irvin Anderson and a 27-yard TD from the same combination. After the final TD, Reeves threw a conversion pass to Tylan Harris.

Anderson finished with 111 yards on four catches while Frazier and Harris each caught four passes.

Defensively, Wesley Miller had three sacks and caused one fumble, recovered by David Mobley. Linebacker Joe Scott had nine tackles to lead the team and Dylan Owsley and Sharrord Timmons added six tackles each.

SSHS "B" 20, Whitehouse 10

David Mobley threw two TD passes and the Wildcat defense shut out Whitehouse in the second half.

Mobley's TD passes went to Tanner Gilbreath for 40 yards and Preston Thompson for 8 yards. K.C. Macon also had a 55-yard TD run.

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