Sub-varsity teams split games with Texas High
By DON WALLACE, News-Telegram Sports Editor
Oct. 10, 2008 - Sulphur Springs teams playing at home against Texas High only managed one from three games played.
The Wildcats were within striking distance in the freshmen games, but came up short.
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity, now 6-1, had the best night of any home team, taking a 27-7 win. Kaylon Alexander paced the ground attack with two rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Tripp Reeves also threw to Alexander for a score.
The tone was set early as linebacker Joe Scott pounded a Texas High runner trying to get yardage on the opening kickoff.
Sulphur Springs stuffed the Texas High attack and took over on downs at their 23 with 6:28 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats moved down the field with runs by Alexander and passes from Reeves to Alvin Frazier and Sharad Timmons.
The scoring play to cap the drive was a four-yard run by Alexander. The extra point by Roger Mandujuana gave Sulphur Springs a 7-0 lead with 1:40 left in the opening frame.
Texas High had chances on offense as they picked off two tipped passes. But the Sulphur Springs defense held them out.
Scott had a highlight reel tackle when he flipped a receiver head over heels forcing a punt.
In the second half, Alexander opened the scoring when he caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Reeves. The extra point made it a 14-0 lead for the home squad.
After another defensive stand, the Wildcats were back in the end zone. Alexander took a handoff and raced 56 yards to paydirt on the scoring run. Seth Maeker boomed the extra point and with 5:15 left in the third period, the Wildcats had a commanding 21-0 lead.
Texas High got on the scoreboard with a scoring pass to make it a 21-7 game.
The last score for Sulphur Springs came when an alert Sawyer Sinclair pounced on a fumble in the end zone for an easy score. The Wildcats won by the 27-7 final.
Coaches credited offensive performances by Devion Hill, Reeves, Alexander, Timmons, Trey Younger and Dallin Sant for the win. They also lauded the offensive line of Luke Masters, Chad Evans, Eduardo Osario, Marshall Holland and Chris Sorley.
Defensive standouts were Sinclair, Chris Duran, Adrian Johnson, Cody Kalb, Dylan Owsley, Collin Chapa, Tre Hill and Mandujuano.
The Sulphur Springs JV is 2-1 in district and will play Oct. 23 at Mount Pleasant.
The freshmen B team game started like a wild affair with the teams combining for 30 points in the first four minutes of the contest.
Kryshad Ivery highlighted the Sulphur Springs attack with four touchdown runs.
Jordan Gilbert opened the game for Texas High with a 50-yard run to go up 6-0.
Ivery took off on the first play from scrimmage for Sulphur Springs for a 57-yard touchdown run. Blake Macek threw to Blake Barnett for the two-point conversion and Sulphur Springs edged ahead 8-6.
Texas High responded the next time they touched the ball when Kevin Shaw raced 33 yards for a score. The two point conversion gave the visitors a 14-8 lead.
The visiting Tigers padded the lead with an interception return for a score with 4:21 left in the first period to go ahead 22-8.
Gilbert was back at it again for Texas High, scoring on a 34-yard run as the home team fell behind by 20 points, 28-8.
Ivery capped a scoring drive in the second period with a 13-yard scoring run. Macek threw to Ivery for the two-point conversion and the Texas High lead was reduced to 28-16.
Texas High got an 83-yard scoring run by Gilbert. But the Wildcats answered as Ivery ran over from five-yards out. Macek threw to Barnett for the two-point conversion to slice the Tigers' lead to 40-24.
The final score of the game came on an Ivery run from five-yards out to make it a 40-32 final with Sulphur Springs on the short end.
Earning coaching praise for good play were: Ivery, Barnett, Macek, Sala Liem, Jordan Hampton, Chris Hefner, Nathan Winchester and Jordan McLarry.
In the freshman A game, turnovers late and missed chances spoiled a comeback try by the home team as Texas High took a 14-12 win.
Texas High jumped ahead 6-0, but Sulphur Springs rallied to tie the game. The scoring play was a Justin Owens to Tevin Norris touchdown pass from three-yards. The try for a two-point conversion pass fell incomplete and the game was tied at 6-all in the second period.
The visiting Tigers got an 18-yard scoring run by Chris Jackson to take the lead. Jackson raced over for the two-point conversion and Sulphur Springs trailed 14-6 at the half.
The Wildcats opened the second half with Owens directing a 10-play, 67-yard scoring drive. Cody Clayton scored on a two-yard run. The try for a two-point conversion run failed. Texas High was holding onto a 14-12 lead.
Sulphur Springs tried to comeback, but their drive ended short of the end zone as the final horn sounded.
Coaches recognized the following players - Owens, Clayton, Norris, Dadrian Smith, Kris Ford, Trey Dean, Hunter Reppond, Dakota Brown, Jonathan Carlisle, Bradic Hill and Kody Chester.
Adryan Johnson had an interception and Jaylon Perry recovered a fumble. Dean caused a fumble.
The Sulphur Springs defense gave up no first downs in the second half to the visitors from Texas High.
The freshmen teams play Oct. 23 at Mount Pleasant after a week off.