Holding On To The Title: SS varsity emerges unbeaten in 7-on-7 league
By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer
June 27, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats came out of the 7-on-7 football league with two division titles Thursday afternoon at the James Cameron Practice Fields.
The varsity wrapped up league play with an unblemished 8-0 record, while the freshmen team finished with an 11-1 record.
The JV, meanwhile, finished league play with a 6-2 record as they went 4-2 in varsity competition and 2-0 in the junior varsity division.
On Thursday, the Wildcats varsity defeated Paris for the third time this season, 33-20, and Commerce 43-12.
The junior varsity was defeated by Rains on the last play of the game 34-32 and Mount Vernon 31-27.
The freshmen, meanwhile, won all four games on the final week of competition, defeating Rains JV twice by scores of 34-20 and 25-0, Mount Vernon's JV 28-13 and Como-Pickton's JV 24-20.
Sulphur Springs 33, Paris 20
For the third straight game, the varsity jumped out to a big lead on Paris as they took a 14-0 lead on touchdown receptions by Jace Jackson and Rashad Hall.
The Paris defense had other plans in mind as they had two interceptions off Wildcat senior quarterback Tyrik Rollison in the first half as SSHS held a 14-8 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, senior wideout Ben Barrows made two acrobatic receptions on the sideline for touchdowns to give the Wildcats a big lead. Jocko Spataro also had an interception return for a touchdown for a 33-8 advantage.
Paris wrapped up the scoring with two late touchdown strikes but could not overcome the deficit in the final minutes.
With the win, the Wildcats secured their third straight league title heading into their final game of the day against Commerce.
Sulphur Springs 43, Commerce 12
In the Wildcats' final game, Rollison continued his strong passing performance with another four-touchdown game.
The duo of Rollison and Barrows opened the game with their third touchdown strike of the day and the early 6-0 lead.
The Wildcats then took a 13-0 lead as Rollison found Jace Jackson on a crossing route and then Rollison found Ryan Young for the conversion.
Commerce marched its way down the field for its first touchdown of the game to cut into the lead but could not get any closer in the first half.
SSHS added to its lead in the first half as Rollison found a streaking Young and then Jackson scored his second touchdown of the game for a 25-6 halftime lead.
In the second half, backup quarterback Johnny McSheffery came in and had an impressive half as he found Young in double coverage for a 60-yard reception and a 31-6 lead.
McSheffery then found Garrett Ferguson on back-to-back touchdown drives for the 43-12 finale.
Rains JV 34, SSHS JV 32
The junior varsity suffered their first loss of league play on the final play of the game as the two teams battled in a see-saw affair.
After Tripp Reeves found Kaylon Alexander to give the Wildcats a 32-22 lead, Rains scored the final 12 points to take the come-from-behind win.
The Wildcats were able to battle from a 14-0 deficit in the opening minutes with 26 unanswered points.
During that stretch, Reeves had touchdowns to Irvin Anderson, Shaq Wade and Sharrard Timmons and the defense also had an interception return for a touchdown.
Mount Vernon 31, SSHS JV 27
Timmons caught two touchdowns while Alexander and Anderson had touchdowns receptions in the Wildcats' final game of the league.
Mount Vernon held a 31-21 lead with just over a minute to go before Reeves found Timmons for their final touchdown strike of the game.