SSMS 'A' drops first game in subvarsity action

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

Sept. 28, 2007 - The SSMS eighth-grade "A" team lost its first game of the season on Thursday, getting upended by a fast and athletic Clarksville squad, 28-14, at Gerald Prim Stadium.

The SSMS "B" team tied its second game at 18-18.

Clarksville "A" 28, SSMS 14

Clarksville used big plays to go up 22-6 at halftime, powered by its quarterback and a running back who did most of the damage.

Sulphur Springs got on the scoreboard first when Cody Clayton scored on an end around from 5 yards out. The TD was set up by a 47-yard run by Kody Chester to get the ball inside the 10-yard line.

Chester ended the game with 73 yards rushing on six carries, while Clayton had 97 yards combined rushing and receiving.

Clarksville took a 28-6 lead on its first possession of the second half, and the Wildcats could never catch up. SSHS scored on its next possession on a 2-yard TD run by Chester, set up by a 22-yard completion from quarterback Justin Owens to Clayton. That made the score 28-12.

SSMS' Kendrick Daniels then recovered an onside kick by Carlos Torres, and the Wildcats drove down to the Clarksville 10-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.

But, Daniels tackled the Clarksville quarterback in the end zone after a high snap to draw the Wildcats to within 28-14.

But, Clarksville intercepted passes on the Wildcats' final two possessions.

Defensively, SSMS was led by linebackers Daniels and Garrick Mosley and Clayton in the secondary. Dakota Brown also had a fourth-quarter fumble recovery for the Cats.

SSMS "B" 18, Clarksville 18

Both teams did all their scoring in the first half, then the Wildcats were stymied twice in the second half on scoring opportunities inside the 10-yard line.

Sulphur Springs running back Dadrian Smith scored two TDs, the first on a long run and the second on a shoe-string catch of a swing pass from Blake Macek that he turned into a 25-yard touchdown.

Clarksville, though, scored on a 90-yard kickoff return on the ensuing play.

SSMS then drove down to tie the score with 5 seconds left in the first half on a 13-yard TD pass from Macek to Blake Barnett. Both of the Wildcats' final two TDs were set up by receptions from Dusty Abner.

Defensively, the Wildcats were led by linebacker Francisco Garcia and K.J. Taylor.

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