Wildcats JV take a win against Whitehouse

By DON WALLACE, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 5, 2008 - For Thursday night football it was a nailbiter.

Sulphur Springs took a 14-13 win in junior varsity action Thursday at Gerald Prim Stadium against Whitehouse. The game came down to the final seconds with the hometown Wildcats able to hold off the visitors.

In freshmen competition, the Sulphur Springs B team opened play with a 24-0 win; the freshmen A team lost to Whitehouse 42-30 in a wide open offensive game.

Junior varsity game

Tripp Reeves threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Alvin Frazier to put Sulphur Springs ahead with 4:38 left in the final quarter. The extra point by Roger Mandujuano gave the Wildcats a 14-7 lead over Whitehouse.

The touchdown pass had capped a 51-yard drive. Devion Hill sparked the drive with a key run for a first down.

Whitehouse would not go away and drove down the field with their final score coming when Preston Conder threw a Kendall Simmons for a diving catch in the end zone on fourth down at the 11-yard line. The extra point attempt sailed wide and Sulphur Springs had a 14-13 lead with 7:58 left in the contest.

Sulphur Springs was able to convert clutch first downs to run out the clock and take the 14-13 win.

In the first quarter, a Sulphur Springs drive ended with 57 seconds left in the period when a toss sweep to Kaylon Alexander netted a 9-yard scoring burst. The extra point by Mandujuano gave the home team a 7-0 lead.

The teams traded turnovers in the second period. Dylan Owsley of Sulphur Springs recovered a Whitehouse fumble. Joseph Cook of Whitehouse picked off a Reeves pass.

Whitehouse tied the game at 7-all after Conder threw a short scoring pass to Simmons.

In the final two minutes of the second quarter, Whitehouse was pinned deep in their own territory by a Sharad Timmons punt. Timmons connected for a 61-yarder which was downed at the four-yard line.

The teams ended the first half, tied at 7-all.

In the second half, Whitehouse fell behind when Reeves threw to Frazier for a score and make it a 14-7 game. Sulphur Springs hung on to win by the 14-13 final. The Wildcats marching from their own 23 to the Whitehouse 17 and consuming the final seven minutes of the game.

Freshmen games

The Sulphur Springs B team not only held Whitehouse from scoring, but put on an offensive show taking a 24-0 win.

Blake Macek threw two touchdown passes and ran for another. Macek tossed a 28-yard scoring pass to Kryshad Ivery. Macek later tossed a 20-yard score to Blake Bennett. Macek scored on a 1-yard run.

Blake Chester closed out the scoring with a safety.

Coaches said Dusty Abner, Chavez, Barnett and Mizael Resendiz played well.

In the freshmen B game, four turnovers for Sulphur Springs were a disaster as Whitehouse took a 32-20 win.

Whitehouse scored the first tally of the game when Gunner Dorsey bolted for a 62-yard run. Patrick Hunter score the two point conversion to give the squad an 8-0 lead.

Sulphur Springs drove deep into Whitehouse territory, only to see the drive end with no points.

Sulphur Springs got on the board when Dadrian Smith capped a scoring drive with a 36-yard touchdown gallop. The try for a two point conversion failed, making it an 8-6 game.

Whitehouse struck by when Jonathan Aldridge caught an 80-yard scoring pass. The two point conversion was good and Sulphur Springs trailed 16-6.

The Sulphur Springs passing game paid off when Justin Owens connected with Cody Clayton for a perfect 18-yard touchdown pass between two defenders. Owens threw to Kris Ford for the two point conversion as Sulphur Springs sliced the Whitehouse lead to 16-14.

Whitehouse scored with 8:05 left in the first half when Alex Mitchell rambled in on a 13-yard run. Mitchell got the two point conversion and Whitehouse edged ahead, 22-14.

Sulphur Springs strung together a 55-yard scoring drive on five plays. Owens capped the drive with his second touchdown pass of the half to Clayton. Owens threw to Ford for the two point conversion which tied the game at 22-all.

Aldridge caught a 48-yard pass on a juggling grab for Whitehouse as the Wildcats went up 28-22 in late stage of the second period.

The second half belonged to the visitors as they out-scored Sulphur Springs 14 to 8 and picked off two passes.

Down 42-22, Sulphur Springs showed spunk putting together a 52-yard scoring drive. Owens threw to Ford for a 7-yard touchdown. Owens tossed the two point conversion pass to Clayton.

Whitehouse won by the 42-30 final for their lone win in Sulphur Springs Thursday night.

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