The Greenville Lions won the battle with the Wildcats for a playoff spot Friday night, Nov. 13, taking a 47-27 zone win at Cotton Ford Stadium in Greenville.
The Wildcats trailed by only 6 points at the half but the Lions scored 20 straight points in the second half to put the game away.
In a competitive first half, the Wildcats hung with the Lions. The Wildcats scored on their opening drive of the game, crisply going 58 yards for a touchdown. Senior Caden Davis scored the touchdown from 3 yards out and the Wildcats led 7-0 with 9:22 left in the first quarter. Greenville also scored on their opening drive, traveling 75 yards. Junior back Ottagus Johnson had most of the yardage running 55 yards for a score. The game was tied 7-7 with 8:24 left in quarter number one.
The Wildcats scored again on their second drive moving 61 yards to pay dirt. Davis scored from 8 yards out and the Wildcats were up, 14-7, with 4:27 left in the first period. After an exchange of punts, Greenville scored on a 72 yards drive. Speedy senior back Miles Denson scored on an incredible 11 yard TD run. He started out running to the left, found his road blocked and reversed to the right side running through the Wildcats all the way to the end zone. The Greenville extra point kick was blocked by the Wildcats and Sulphur Springs was up, 14-13 with just 1:24 left in the first quarter.
After several punts, Greenville scored to take the lead. The Lions went 70 yards. The touchdown covered 43 yards as senior quarterback Brandon Stephens tossed a touchdown pass to senior receiver Shawn Brown. Greenville was ahead 20-14 with 6:27 left in the second quarter.
The Wildcats struck right back going 70 yards for a score. Davis scored his third TD of the night from one yard out and the Wildcats were back on top, 21-20 with 3:32 left before halftime. That was enough time for one more Greenville score. They went 76 yards with Ottagus Johnson scoring his second TD, this one on a 24 yards run. Greenville went ahead 27-21 with 2:09 left in the second period. It was Greenville 27, Sulphur Springs 21 at the half.
The Lions took command of the game during a tough third quarter for the Wildcats. The Lions scored on their opening drive of the quarter, covering 59 yards. Stephens scored on a 5 yard run. A second Greenville extra point kick was blocked, but the Lions led 33-21 with 9:25 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats’ next drive bogged down; they refused to punt and they turned the ball over on downs. Greenville drove for another score. Back Johnson scored his third TD, this one from 25 yards out. Greenville led 40-21 with 3:46 left in quarter number three.
The Wildcats again refused to punt and again turned the ball over on downs. In the fourth quarter, Greenville’s Denson scored again on a 20 yard run. Greenville had now stretched their lead to 47-21 with 8:47 left in the game.
One Lions’ drive was stifled by the Wildcats first interception of the season. Senior defensive back Robbie Hanks picked off a long Greenville pass. The Wildcats drove for a late score. Junior back Douglas Deloney scored on a short run and the Wildcats trimmed the lead to 47-27 with just 1:32 left in the game. That’s the way the game ended.
Caden Davis had another fine game running for an unofficial 140 yards on 32 carries to go along with his three rushing touchdowns.
The Lions’ victory gave them the zone’s #2 seed assuring them of a playoff berth. They will face Royse City next week to determine the district’s #3 and #4 seeds for the playoffs. Titans Ennis and North Forney meet to decide the district’s #1 and #2 seed in the playoffs.
In a battle of #3 zone seeds next Friday, the Wildcats, now with no playoff chance, will play at Crandall at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Forney and Corsicana will face off as #4 zone seeds.
The Wildcats finished zone play at 1-2. They are now 1-4 for the season.
After a bye on Nov. 27, the Wildcats will wrap up the season against Forney on the road on Dec. 4.