Winning the rebound game

By DON WALLACE, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 28, 2008 - The Wildcats are over the hump and ready to make a run.

The 48-21 win over Mount Pleasant was crucial for the overall playoff chances of the Wildcats.

It was also a big game for the confidence and psyche’ of the team.

After losing tough games to powerful teams like Longview and Texas High, the last thing Sulphur Springs needed was a week off to think about the defeats.

But Wildcat head coach Greg Owens put a positive spin on the time off. Working on fundamentals as well as game situations. They even heard a couple of sports-related motivational speakers.

Now, with an important win under the belts over the rival Tigers, the Wildcats came take aim at a playoff berth.

Sulphur Springs sets at 2-2 in district play with two games left on the schedule. The Wildcats could probably win just one of the last two and still make the playoffs. But Owens wants to close out with a district winning streak, not only to establish playoff momentum, but todetermine their playoff position.

The big games start Friday with the contest at Marshall at 7:30 p.m. according to Owens. The Wildcats are 2-2 and tied with Marshall and Hallsville in third place behind leader Longview (5-0) and second place,Texas High 3-1.

The win over Mount Pleasant came at a great time to build the Wildcats up in preparation for a playoff run.

Against the Tigers, Sulphur Springs jumped back into the hunt while kicking their offense into high gear. The Wildcats had 484 total yards in the big win. Senior running back Ryan Young had 12 carries for 148 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Tyrik Rollison completed 9-of-14 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran six times for 120 yards and one score.

Shane McQueen caught three passes for 86 yrds and one score while Jace Jackson had four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown.

The Sulphur Springs defense was led by a 10 tackle game (seven solo and three assists) by linebacker Tyler Higginbotham. Johnny McSheffery added eight solo tackles and one assists for nine total with two quarterback pressures. Triston Crook and Bryant Jackson had seven total tackles each. The team had 13quarterback pressures.

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