Wildcats pop Paris

By DON WALLACE, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 2, 2008 - Pads were popping Friday night as Sulphur Springs opened the grid season with a 48-20 win over Paris.

The Wildcats had their hands full with several dangerous Paris players with breakaway speed. The Sulphur Springs defense recorded 58 tackles in the win.

"We played well, we came out juiced up against Paris. We had a lot of emotion because it was the season opener," said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach.

The coach said he was pleased with the conditioning of the players. He said no cramps were reported, which is unusual for the hot weather of opening week.

"We played 10 different defensive linemen, that kept us fresh," Owens said. "That keep a lot of people involved. We only gave us 209 total yards, take away a couple of big plays and we really gave up 119 yards. I was a good effort."

Tacklers in the first game include: Tyler Higginbotham, seven tackles, one assist, eight total; Dillon Verner, five tackles, two assists, seven total; Anthony Mills, five tackles, one assists, six total; Ryan Miller, four tackles, one assist, five total, one sack; Jameison Dial, three tackles, one assist, four total, two quarterback pressures; Jocko Spataro four total tackles, one quarterback pressure, one tackle for a loss; Demarcus Reeves, three total tackles; Cody Rushin, two tackles, one assists, three total tackles, one fumble caused; J.B. Beachem, two tackles, one assist, three total tackles, one tackle for loss; Johnny McSheffery, two total tackles; Diquine Morris, two total tackles; Bryant Jackson, one tackle, one assist, two total tackles, one broken up pass; Colton Nash, two total tackles; Triston Cook one tackle, one fumble recovery; Darrell Franklin, one tackle, one broken up pass, one interception; Jake Russell, one tackle; Fred Gilstrap, one tackle; Seth Harris, one tackle.

The coach also announced that Jimmy Villa will be back in action follow an elbow injury. Jayden Wallace is still day-to-day with a high ankle sprain.

"We had a really good practice on Monday," the coach said of the Labor Day workout at the school. "We got some work done. We had a good practice for both the offense and defense. We watched some film and went from 8 o'clock to about noon."

The coach said the role of the defense continues to be important each week. This time the job of stopping Whitehouse's high octane attack with be centered around quarterback Brady Attaway.

Attaway threw five touchdown passes and three interceptions as Whitehouse opened the year with a 52-35 loss to Garland Naaman Forest.

"We have to put pressure on Attaway," Owens said. "We remember him from last year, he's a very good drop back quarterback. Our goal is to get pressure on him and make him move around. He's not as accurate when he gets outside of the pocket."

"Our secondary is all back from last year. They did well against Paris. We got their feet tangled up a couple of times. They fell back into the 7-on-7 defense at times. But overall we did a good job with pass coverage," the coach said.

In the second half, Paris quarterback Quin Rollerson completed just four of 14 attempts for 20 yards.

"We kept Paris pretty bottled up," Owens added. "We need to do the same against Whitehouse. If we pressure on Attaway, it will help our defense overall."

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