Texas High at Sul­phur Springs

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TEAMS: Texas High (2-3, 0-1) at Sul­phur Springs (2-4, 0-2) KICK­OFF: 7:30 p.m., Ger­ald Prim Sta­dium. LAST WEEK: The Wild­cats fell to Mar­shall, 50-20, and the Tigers had an open date. LAST YEAR: Texas High topped Sul­phur Springs, 23-10.

GAME FACTS: THS holds a 10-3 lead over the last 13 meet­ings. The Tigers are av­er­ag­ing 24.2 points per game and giv­ing up 26 points per game. The Wild­cats are scor­ing 26 an out­ing and al­low­ing 32.2. Both teams have played Mar­shall in dis­trict play, the Tigers fall­ing 35-33 and SS los­ing, 50-20, last week for its fourth straight loss. Texas High QB Coltin Clack has com­pleted 79 of 134 passes for 931 yards, 10 TDs and six in­ter­cep­tions. WR Te­vailance Hunt, who was quiet his first two games, has scored eight times and is among the area lead­ers with 30 catches for 368 yards. Sul­phur Springs coach Greg Owens is in his 11th sea­son in charge of the Wild­cat pro­gram. COACHES’ COM­MENTS: Texas High’s Stan­ford—“Our first five games were all very phys­i­cal games, they were close ball­games and highly con­tested in all of them. It was good in the mid­dle of the sea­son to catch our breath af­ter those five, and men­tally and

phys­i­cally just get our minds and legs back un­der­neath us to keep go­ing for­ward.

“Each week we’ve im­proved to a cer­tain ex­tent and cer­tain phases of the game, and that’s the big­gest thing, as coaches, we’re look­ing at each week, just see­ing that progress in ev­ery as­pect. We have yet to play our best game; our best foot­ball is still ahead of us. This week we want to con­tinue to see progress and see a com­plete game put to­gether, of­fen­sive and

de­fense match­ing the in­ten­sity of each other, and spe­cial teams match­ing those as well.”

Sul­phur Springs’ Owens—“We need to be more con­sis­tent on of­fense, and on de­fense not give up the big play. We’ve al­lowed too many con­ver­sions on thir­dan­dand those type of things; we just need to keep the game in front of us and go tackle. My fear, al­ways, is that Texas High has the speed they have.

“De­fen­sively, they al­ways play sound and don’t make mis­takes; they force you to make mis­takes and take ad­van­tage. That’s how their still play­ing un­der Coach Stan­ford, and how they’ve al­ways been since I’ve been fac­ing them. They’ve got good ath­letes and do a good job of ral­ly­ing to the ball.

“We’ve got to be smart. We had five turnovers (to open up dis­trict) against Pine Tree, and last week we had two turnovers and al­lowed 14 points on punt re­turns. There are things we can do to im­prove, fig­ure some of those things out and play fun­da­men­tal foot­ball.”


TONIGHT’S LINE­UPS (Num­bers in paren­the­ses)

TEXAS HIGH OF­FENSE: LT-Dae­vion Wil­liams (77), 265; LG-Elian Bus­tos (68), 270; C-Solo­man Davis (50), 250; RG-Ladd Pres­d­ton (55), 255; LT-Ma­son Shoalmire (72), 265; HB-Ri­ley Rus­sell (11), 185; WR-Jaqualin Brown (7), 175; FLKChris Lyles (3), 165; QB-Coltin Clack (1), 220; SLOT-Von­d­er­ick Stan­ley (4), 160; WR-Te­vailance Hunt (9), 180; TB-Chris Sutton (21), 170; PK-Lo­gan Snell (34), 200.

TEXAS HIGH DE­FENSE: DE-Dei­drick Reeves (25), 210; DT-Jaylin Franklin (48), 275; DE-De­jonte Harper (24), 225; SLB-Kei­drick Reeves (27), 170; MLB-Chris Arnold (45), 215; WLB-Davon Wil­liams (40), 215; OLB-Tim Noble (32), 175; CB-Dar­rell Web­ster (16), 170; SS-De­shaveon Burks (35), 170; FS-Davar­ian Malone (31), 170;

CB-Chrishad Man­ning (26), 155; PNTLo­gan Snell (34).

SUL­PHUR SPRINGS OF­FENSE: LT-Je­sus Olivo (77), 280; LG-Ethan Rogers (70), 285; C-Ian Blanch (74), 260; RG-Nor­ris English (76), 335; RT-Jaxon Chaney (52), 200; WR-Landry Tyson (16), 170; SLOT-Austin Dodd (11), 165; QB-Ryan Humphries (12), 175; TB-Lawrence Worth (6), 185; FLK-Jase Thomp­son (14), 160; WR-Simeon Tay­lor (10), 165; PK-An­gel Tav­era (33), 160.

SUL­PHUR SPRINGS DE­FENSE: DT-D’idrec Du­gan (98), 230; NG-Jose Ro­driguez (92), 225; DT-Calvin Eck­ert (82), 210; OLB-Ca­son Church­man (18), 170; WLB-KJ Abron (340, 185; MLB-Jaxon Re­neau (44), 205; SLB-Rio Be­cerra (19), 175; CB-Damiyon Du­gan (4), 140; FS-DJ Abron (17), 160; SS-Austin Dodd (11); CB-Ter­rell Tur­man (7), 175; PNTAn­gel Tav­era (33).

R. RUS­SELL Texas High

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