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'Cats' Comeback Hopes Dashed by 'Dogs Friday

posted Oct 24, 2014, 11:19 PM by Brandon Jacks   [ updated Oct 25, 2014, 10:09 AM ]
A two-point conversion run scored by Chandler Rivas on a fake extra-point kick gave the Bulldogs a two-possession edge with 2:49 to go in the game and Sulphur held on for a 30-21 victory against Madill Friday on senior night at Alumni Field. The loss drops the 'Cats to 2-6 on the season and 1-4 in the district.
The 'Dogs' Nate Johnson returned an interception 38 yards for the score to set up Rivas' two-point play. 
Sulphur got on the board first Friday when Cole Palmer and Nick McGruder teamed up on a 34-yard touchdown pass at the 8:38 mark of the opening frame.The Bulldogs' Palmer scooted in on a seven-yard TD run to grant Sulphur a 14-0 advantage with 4:43 left to go in the first period. Madill scratched its way to 21 straight points that began with Carlos Torres' 42-yard field goal with 11:09 remaining in the first half. Torres booted his second field goal as his 37-yard try sailed through the uprights with 1:49 left before halftime. The district foes retreated to the locker room at the half with Sulphur on top, 14-6.
The 'Cats continued its assault on the scoreboard in the second half as Micah Cooper slashed and dashed his way to paydirt on a 37-yard run with 10:06 showing in the third quarter. Colton Clement plunged into the end zone to even the score, 14-14. Momentum built for Madill as Clement burst through the 'Dogs' defense on a 49-yard TD run. Torres' extra point provided the 'Cats' the 21-14 lead with 6:22 to go in the third stanza. The score held until Sulphur's McGruder caught a pass, broke free and scored from 63 yards out with only 2:57 left in regulation play. Sulphur decided to go for the two-point conversion and seized the lead on the extra-point pass to Ray Trent from Palmer. The Dogs clung to the 22-21 lead then snagged the interception with under three minutes left in the contest. The Wildcats' final drive bogged down, Sulphur took the ball and drained the remaining time. Madill steps out of district play on Halloween as they hit the road to challenge Bridge Creek. The Wildcats close out the regular year at Plainview Nov. 7.

Sulphur 30, Madill 21

Madill                Sulphur
225            rush        111
139            pass        193
364            total        304

1 QT
Sul- McGruder 34 pass from Palmer (Palmer kick), 8:58
Sul-Palmer 7 run (Palmer kick), 4:43
2 QT
Mad- Torres 42 FG, 11:05
Mad- Torres 37 FG, 1:49
3 QT
Mad- Cooper 37 run  (Clement conversion), 10:06
Mad- Clement 49 run (Torres kick), 6:22
4 QT
Sul- McGruder 63 pass from Palmer (Trent from Palmer), 2:57
Sul-Johnson 38 interception return (Rivas conversion), 2:49

Madill individual rushing: Clement 17-111, Cooper 10-76, Larason 8-36
receiving: Bagley 5-88, Larason 2-34, Weaver 1-15, Zamora 1-(-2)
passing: 9-16-139