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ET Football: Sulphur Springs clinches playoff berth against Hallsville, 19-7

By Nathan Hague
Nov. 10, 2017 at 10:44 p.m.
Updated Nov. 10, 2017 at 10:44 p.m.

Halllsville runningback Jamall Davis is hit by Sulphur Springs defender Jaxon Reneau on Friday, November 10, 2017 during the game at Bobcat Stadium in Hallslville.(Courtney Case/News-Journal Photo)

HALLSVILLE — Sulphur Springs’ football team needed a win to earn playoff berth and got just that Friday night when it spoiled Hallsville’s senior night, handing the Bobcats a 19-7 loss.

The Wildcats finish the regular season with an overall record of 5-5 and a District 16-5A record of 3-3. The Bobcats’ season comes to an end with a record of 1-9 overall and 1-5 against district opponents.

Hallsville had 230 yards total offense, with 165 coming on the ground and 65 coming through the air. The Bobcats came away with 11 first downs. Jamall Davis led the team’s ground attack with 19 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown. Junior quarterback Semaj Boyd struggled, going 8-of-15 for 65 yards and four interceptions. He connected with Clit Lapic twice for 33 yards.

Sulphur Springs finished the night with 244 yards total offense, passing for 220 and rushing for 24. Ryan Humphries went 5-of-11 for 24 yards and one interception. The Wildcats came away with 14 first downs. Colton Allen finished led his team in rushing with 24 carries for 150 yards and one touchdown. Searn Rodgers had seven carries for 59 yards and one touchdown.

The Wildcats’ defense forced six turnovers.

Sulphur Springs got the first points of the game when Angel Tavera hit a 23-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 3:18 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats were unable to return the kickoff following the field goal as the Wildcats recovered deep in Hallsville territory. That set up Tavera’s second field goal, this one coming from 37 yards out to make it 6-0 with 1:56 left in the first quarter.

The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle as neither team was able to score in the second quarter and the score remained 6-0 at halftime.

The Wildcats scored the first touchdown of the game on the first possession of the second half when Allen punched it in from 11 yards away. The Wildcats came up short on the two-point conversion as they took a 12-0 lead with 9:34 left in the third quarter.

Sulphur Springs continued to pour it on when Rodgers took it in from 24 yards out, spreading his team’s lead to 19-0 with 7:05 left in the game.

The Bobcats avoided the shutout when Davis went the distance from 67 yards away, making the score 19-7 with 2:08 left in the game.

Neither team scored from there on as the Wildcats lined up in victory formation and punched their ticket to the playoffs.

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