Wildcat Notes: In retrospect, Owens would have gone for it
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Sept. 23, 2007 - Coaches don't like to be accused of running up the score, but in retrospect SSHS head coach Greg Owens would have gone for another first-half TD Friday despite leading 42-0.
The Wildcats got the ball at the Sherman 44-yard line with 80 seconds to play in the half - which is more than enough time to score with Sulphur Springs' Nascar offense - after defensive end Colton Nash forced a fumble and recovered it.
The Wildcats ran the ball three times to get to the 22-yard line, then let the clock expire in the first half without using any timeouts.
"I'll confess. I'm partly to blame there because I should have gone for another one right before half," Owens said. "I like to go in positive, and we had a big lead, so I thought let's go on in and get ready for the second half."
The Wildcats had scored of five of their first six possessions of the game.
YELLOW LAUNDRY - It's doubtful many Wildcat fans have ever seen the number of penalties - and yardage - than they witnessed Friday night. The Wildcats were hit 19 times for 176 yards. The official on the Sherman sideline threw an inordinate amount of flags for holding and blocking in the back. Sherman was penalized about half as much - 10 times for 91 yards. ... The Wildcats have a week off before they play Liberty-Eylau, which beat Wimberly 30-24 in triple overtime on Friday.
TURNOVER TURNAROUND - Sulphur Springs has forced 16 turnovers in four games. They have turned it over eight times, giving the Wildcats a plus-8 in turnover ratio. Last year, those numbers were skewed the other way as the Wildcats were a minus-6. ... Sherman's two sophomore quarterbacks, Garrett Powell and Madison Carter, combined to complete 16-of-32 passes for 161 yards and four interceptions. Senior QB Matt Rome, who was injured three weeks ago, should play next week when Sherman opens District 5-4A play.
EXTRA POINTS - Defensive tackle Rodney Evans, used as a blocking back on PAT tries, scored his second two-point conversion on the Wildcats' swinging gate set. ... Oscar Marroquin hit all five of his kick attempts, but J.D. Cruz had his one attempt blocked by Sherman's John Welborn, who was two steps offside when the ball was snapped. No penalty flag was thrown.
AROUND THE DISTRICT - Things continue to get curiouser and curiouser around District 11-4A. Texas High lost its second game of the year (first to a Texas team) when Waxahachie knocked off the Tigers 49-35 in Greenville. Texas High is now 1-2-1 on the season. Paris (3-1) edged Denison 28-25. The other district schools played 3A teams and had mixed results. Mount Pleasant whipped Atlanta 49-0, while Lindale evened its record against 3A schools at 2-2 with a 42-35 last-minute victory over Canton, and North Lamar dropped to 1-3 with a 20-16 loss to Texarkana Pleasant Grove.