Game Notes: Mt Pleasant vs. Wildcats

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, Special to the News-Telegram

Oct. 26, 2008 - Every time SSHS quarterback Tyrik Rollison throws a pass, he rewrites the school record books. But, Friday night, it was a couple of his teammates who got themselves in the record book as well.

Senior receiver Jace Jackson caught the 16th TD pass of his career on a diving grab near the visitor's sideline in the third quarter to earn a tie atop the career touchdown list. He shares the record with Daqualin "Boo" Evans who set the record last year.

Jackson has 10 TD grabs this year, which is second all-time behind Chris Thompson's school record of 11 touchdowns, set last year as well.

Senior running back Ryan Young scored four rushing touchdowns and would have had a fifth had it not been wiped out by a penalty. The four TDs is second all-time behind the record of five set by Barry Pryor in 1973 and tied earlier this year by Young when he had two rushing and three receiving TDs against Pine Tree.

Young now has 13 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores, giving him 17 overall, which is three behind the school record set in 1994 by Matt Rosamond in 14 games.

Young also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season on Friday, making him the 11th Wildcat to reach that plateau.

KICKING IT — The Wildcats did not punt in the game, while Mount Pleasant attempted two punts. The first one was blocked by Anthony Mills and recovered by J.B. Beachem at the Tigers' 1-yard line. Mount Pleasant exacted some revenge with a successful fake punt and a recovery of an onside kick. However, the Tigers did not score either time. ... In the first half alone, Mount Pleasant was stopped on three fourth-down attempts — on passes defended by Mills and Darrell Franklin and on a quarterback sack by Tyler Higginbotham. ... Higginbotham led the team in tackles with nine, while safety Johnny McSheffery had eight. Other top tacklers were defensive backs Bryant "Day Day" Jackson and Triston Crook and linemen Colton Nash and Tyler Halerumal.

BEHIND THE LINE — Sulphur Springs defenders stopped Mount Pleasant for negative yardage eight times in the game. ... The Wildcats had 14 running plays of 10 or more yards, while they had just seven passing plays of 10 or more yards. ... By the same token, SSHS had 15 rushing first downs and just five via the pass. ... The starting offensive line of Jake Russell, Mason Y'Barbo, Colby Suggs, Alex Peek and Beau Carpenter opened the holes for the Wildcats to run up 317 yards rushing on 31 carries, a 10.2-per carry average. ... Both Young and Rollison had more than 100 yards rushing. ... Both teams were hurt by penalties. MP has hit seven times for 60 yards, while SSHS was flagged nine times for 89 yards.

PLAYOFF RACE — Sulphur Springs now has a 2-2 record in District 13-4A, tied for third place with Marshall and Hallsville. One team could emerge alone in third after next Friday when SSHS visits Marshall and Hallsville plays Texas High. Win or lose against Marshall, it's likely the Wildcats will still need to beat Hallsville in the regular season's final week to get into the playoffs. ... Longview (5-0) is alone in first and has secured a playoff berth, while Texas High (3-1) is in second.

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