By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, Special to the News-Telegram
Sept. 21, 2008 - SSHS quarterbacks Tyrik Rollison and Johnny McSheffery completed every pass they threw on Friday night, but they weren't perfect.
That's because two of the passes landed in the hands of Mesquite Poteet defenders. Still, Rollison hit 17-of-19 passes and McSheffery went 2-for-2 as they combined to complete 19-of-21 aerials to the guys in blue shirts. That's a cool 90.5 percent completion rate.
Rollison started the game hitting eight passes in a row, three of them for touchdowns, before a second-quarter pass was picked off in the end zone. He ended the game by completing eight more in a row, including a 40-yard TD catch-and-run by Shane McQueen on his final attempt.
Colton Lee also played quarterback, but didn't attempt a pass.
A LOOK AT THE RECORD BOOK - Senior receiver Jace Jackson caught two TD passes against Poteet to bring his season total to seven. That's only four short of the school record of 11 set last year by Chris Thompson. Jackson now has 13 touchdown receptions in his career, which puts him second in school annals, just three shy of the mark set last year by Daqualin Evans.Junior safety Bryant Jackson intercepted his second pass of the season on Friday, giving him seven in his career. The school record is 18 set by Rodrick Moseley (1993-94).The Wildcats are averaging 44.5 points per game, which is well ahead of the school record of 39.7 points per game set in 1993.
NO BULL - Senior offensive tackle Jake Russell returned to the line-up on Friday after sitting out last week with a knee injury. His place in the "Bulls" short-yardage formation - where he played fullback -- has been taken over by junior defensive lineman J.B. Beachem, who scored a two-point conversion out of the Wildcats' swinging gate formation.All three SSHS kickers, Fernando Arellano, Austin Brewer and Rolando Larios, kicked extra points on Friday.Mason Y'Barbo does the snapping on PATs.Senior Ryan Young had 94 yards rushing, 15 yards receiving and 51 yards in kick-off returns.Top special teams tacklers were Seth Harris, Diquince Morris, Jimmy Villa and Garrett Ferguson.
DEFENSE ARISE - A pair of junior defenders came off the bench to add some spark. Outside linebacker Jocko Spataro had two tackles for losses in the first half, and safety Triston Crook forced one fumble with a blindside sack of the quarterback, then recovered a fumble caused by Villa.Senior defensive end Colton Nash and Crook each had six tackles to lead the defense.Sophomore Tyler Halerumal, moved up from JV last week to fill in for the injured Jake Russell, found time on the defensive line this week and recorded three tackles.The Wildcat defense forced six Poteet punts. Sulphur Springs did not punt.Poteet quarterback Courtland Crumby's longest completion was 12 yards.
STREAKING ON - Sulphur Springs' regular season winning streak has now reached 12 games.Head coach Greg Owens' record at his alma mater is now 15-10. That is a .600 winning percentageSulphur Springs had 19 plays of 10 or more yards on Friday. They had just three negative plays. Poteet, comparatively, had 12 plays of more than 10 yards and 10 plays that netted negative yardage.