By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, Special to the News-Telegram
Sept. 28, 2008 - LONGVIEW-- With 198 yards rushing and another 76 yards receiving, Sulphur Springs senior running back Ryan Young had an outstanding game on Friday. As it turns out, it was one of the best in school history.
Young scored five touchdowns -- three receiving and two rushing -- to tie the school record for TDs in a game. The record was set by Barry Pryor in 1973 against Jefferson (all of Pryor's touchdowns came on the ground).
That gives Young 11 TDs in five games this year. He is on a pace to break the single season TD record of 20 set by Matt Rosamond in 1994. Rosamond had 19 touchdowns rushing and added one more receiving in 14 games that year.
In five games this season, Young has more than 750 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He also had more than 200 yards and four TDs receiving.
CATCHING ON -- SSHS junior safety Bryant "Day Day" Jackson picked off his third pass of the season, and it came at an opportune time -- in the end zone with Pine Tree threatening to score from the 2-yard line. Jackson took a knee in the end zone, and three plays later, the Wildcats scored a touchdown. ... Penalties were a problem for both teams. In the first half, the Wildcats were flagged seven times for 60 yards, but were hit with just two penalties in the second half. Pine Tree, meanwhile, committed seven of its eight infractions in the second half. One of the penalties erased a 58-yard TD reception by Ray Horton. The flag was thrown when a PT offensive lineman tackled SSHS defensive end Jake Russell to keep him from sacking the quarterback.
MAKING THE MOST -- Junior back-up quarterback Colton Lee doesn't get to see much action on Friday nights because he is behind one of the top passers in the nation. But, when the lanky 6-3 signal caller got his chance on Friday, he accounted himself well, rushing four times for 46 yards. ... In a statistical rarity, Sulphur Springs had more rushing yards (261) than passing yards (206) and more first downs on the ground (14) than in the air (8). ... The Wildcat secondary had an active night in the tackle column. Two of the top tacklers were safety Johnny McSheffery and cornerback Darrell Franklin. Linebackers Dillon Verner and Tyler Higginbotham were also in on eight stops each.
SACK MASTER -- Junior defensive end Kedrick Dial is a grocery sacker at Brookshire's when he's not playing football. He has become something of a sack master on the field as well. His 15-yard sack of PT quarterback Tyler Kids on fourth down with 8:49 left to play ended the Pirates' comeback hopes. The Wildcats scored on the very next play on a 26-yard run by Young to go ahead 44-27. ... Junior wide receiver Garrett Ferguson got the starting nod in place of senior Ben Barrows, who is out with a broken collar bone sustained in practice this week.
OFFSIDE, ONSIDE -- Pine Tree used an onside kick every time but once. The Pirates recovered one of the onsiders. The others were recovered by SSHS' Rashad Hall and Anthony Mills. ... Late in the second quarter, SSHS defensive tackle Fred Gilstrap came up with his first fumble recovery of the year. The Wildcats immediately turned the field position into a touchdown to take a 30-13 halftime advantage. ... The teams' combined 78 points were all scored in the final three quarters. After one period, the score was 0-0.