Game Notes: Wildcats and Texas High
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor
Oct. 12, 2008 - TEXARKANA -- Sulphur Springs junior Shane McQueen had a busy night on Friday, catching four passes for 39 yards, including a diving grab of a tipped pass in the second quarter.
But, he was even busier returning kickoffs. McQueen returned eight kickoffs -- setting a school record in the process, which is a dubious record since it means the other team was kicking off so much. The previous high for a single game was five, accomplished numerous times.
McQueen had 127 yards on his eight returns, averaging 15.9 yards.
However, Texas High had the upper hand in the returns that count the most -- punts, interceptions and fumbles. The Tigers accumulated 169 return yards in those three categories, compared to zero yards for the Wildcats.
Texas High's return yards don't count Cameron Evans' recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone for the Tigers' first touchdown.
FIRST DOWN -- Texas High had 16 rushing first downs, mostly because the Tigers had 14 carries that went for more than 10 yards. Conversely, Sulphur Springs had just three rushing first downs, and two of those came on Ryan Young's two touchdown gallops. ... Both teams had two first downs by way of penalties. ... Texas High receiver Cobi Hamilton, one of the most explosive offensive weapons in the district, dropped the first pass thrown his way, but it didn't happen again. He caught eight passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Sulphur Springs' Jace Jackson matched him with seven catches for 136 yards. ... Speaking of dropped passes, the Wildcats had two touchdown aerials slip through their fingers.
TURNOVER PROBLEMS -- Sulphur Springs lost the game in large part because the Wildcats lost the turnover battle. SSHS lost two fumbles and two interceptions, and they were all extremely costly. Texas High scored on possessions following each turnover and also had a blocked punt for a touchdown. ... Top tacklers for Sulphur Springs were its two safeties, Johnny McSheffery and Bryant "Day Day" Jackson. Anytime the safeties are getting the most tackles, it means the squad has had a tough night. ... Junior defensive end Kedrick Dial had a 20-yard sack of T-High quarterback Nathan Sorenson in the first half, which led to the Tigers' only punt of the game. Despite the 20-yard loss, Sorenson still managed to rush for 60 yards on 12 carries. ... Sorenson also completed the final eight passes he threw.
BLOCK THIS -- SSHS senior Anthony Mills blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt by T-High's Josh Moore in the fourth quarter. The loose ball was returned 28 yards by Johnny McSheffery. ... The Wildcats tried two onside kicks, but didn't recover either one. ... Ryan Young's two rushing TDs gives him 13 total touchdowns this season. That is seven short of the school record. ... A week after being sacked seven times by Longview, SSHS senior quarterback Tyrik Rollison did not get trapped behind the line on Friday. He escaped what looked to be a sure sack in the fourth quarter before drilling a 26-yard TD pass to Lemarcus Kendricks. Kendricks, who caught two touchdowns, was starting in place of injured Rashad Hall.