SAN ANTONIO- In a game most billed as a shootout, what transpired at the Alamodome was a shooutout to the ninth power as the Sulphur Springs Wildcats (14-2) set an eleven man State Championship game record with 69 points and 859 total yards in a 69-49 win over the Dayton Broncos (13-2). The win clinched the Class 4A Division II State Championship for Sulphur Springs which is the first in school history. SSHS who finished third place in 13-4A was led by monumental day from QB Tyrik Rollison who was 22/28 passing for 394 yards and four touchdowns, he also ran for 132 yards and three toucdowns along with hauling in a twenty yard pass. RB Ryan Young capped a sensational senior season rushing for 241 yards and three touchdowns.
Overshadowed by the video game like numbers for Sulphur Springs was an impressive day by Dayton's two super stars. Nebraska verbal commit QB Cody Green threw for 317 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries. Houston verbal commit A.J. Dugat caught eight passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns along with rushing for 75 yards. Dayton in the losing effort threw up a staggering 608 yards of total offense.
The score fest got started early as Dayton scored on a six play 61 yard drive capped by a thirteen yard scoring pass from Green to Dugat and DHS led 7-0. Sulphur Springs had a quick answer rattling off twelve plays in less than three minutes as the hurry up "NASCAR" offense was executed to perfection, Rollison would get it done on the ground scoring on a two yard run to tie the game at seven. The Wildcats defense would make a big stand on the next drive as DL Ryan Miller tackled Green for a loss on a 4th and two play from near midfield. SSHS would take a 14-7 lead as Rollison who had tremendous protection all day hooked up with Jace Jackson for a 23 yard touchdown pass. Dayton would answer with a two play sixteen second drive as Cameron Lacour went untouched up the middle for a 47 yard touchdown run. Sulphur Springs in the game of tit for tat would jump back out to 21-14 lead as Rollison and Jackson hooked up again from 28 yards out. Jackson would have a huge day in his own right catching nine passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns.
Right before the end of the quarter Dayton would go on a three play drive as Green would find Dugat over the middle for a 25 yard touchdown pass and after just one wild quarter it was 21 all. The fun was just beginning as despite the six first quarter touchdowns, we still had eleven more scores in the next three quarters!
SSHS would get the ground game rolling early in the second quarter as Ryan Young would burst up the middle 54 yards to paydirt and a 28-21 lead for the Wildcats. The short drives would keep paying dividends for Dayton as another three play drive resulted in seven points as Green and Dugat got together for a 55 yard scoring pass, on the play Dugat showed his open field brilliance putting some sensational moves on the Sulphur Springs DB's. Sulphur Springs decided they wanted to get in on the act with the quick scores and on two plays Tyrik Rollison went around left end unscathed for a 48 yard jaunt to once again give SSHS a 35-28 lead. Dayton looked to be on their way to tying the game up as the Broncos moved inside the Wildcats ten, but LB Dillon Verner recovered a mishandled shotgun snap to Green and Sulphur Springs got the ball back.
After a…hold your breaths AN EXCHANGE OF PUNTS, Sulphur Springs went to work as a deep Rollison pass to Jackson set up a one yard scoring plunge by Young to give the Wildcats a 42-28 lead. Dayton went into two minute drill mode as with SSHS getting the ball first in the second half it was a do or die drive. Facing a 4th and five at the Sulphur Springs thirteen, Green found Payton Ploch in the back of the end zone for a touchdown pass and at the half it was 42-35 Sulphur Springs.
After allowing everyone some time to catch their collective breaths, the second half began and for the most part the two teams kept up their blistering scoring pace. Sulphur Springs would get the opening kickoff and put together a nice drive but Young fumbled and Dayton's Jordan Baxter recovered. Dayton would take advantage of the turnover as Green would hit Lacour for a 50 yard scoring strike but the PAT would be wide left and the lead was 42-41 but that's as close as the Broncos would get.
Showing the poise of a championship team, Sulphur Springs despite taking Dayton's best shot had an answer as Rollison deftly avoiding a blitz hit Rashad Hall for a 30 yard touchdown pass and a 49-41 lead. Hall caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. Hall would make his presence known on special teams on the next play as Coach Owens called an onside kick and Hall recovered. With the Dayton defense showing signs of fatigue SSHS started to gash them with the ground game and Young would again finish the drive off this time on a five yard run and it was 56-41.
Dayton would have the heart of a champion despite not leaving the Alamodome with a title, as training by fifteen the Broncos moved it all the way to the SSHS fifteen yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Sulphur Springs would march 85 yards scoring on a touchdown pass from Rollison to speed Shane McQueen.
Again Dayton would not mail it in as the Broncos cut it to 63-49 as Green found Damian Berotte for a 31 yard touchdown pass and Dugat would catch the two point try. Sulphur Springs would finally cap the scoring as Ryan Young scored on a two point try but the PAT try failed and it would end at 69-49.
Dayton which made the semi-finals last year before falling to eventual state champion Lake Travis will have some rebuilding to do as several key players will move on. Sulphur Springs and second year HC Greg Owens also have some work to do but with the entire offensive line back along with WR Shane McQueen and DB Bryant Jackson there are some building blocks.