Monday opened at 7 a.m. with the sun illuminating the Sulphur Springs high school field still wet with dew.
Unfortunately for he players and coaches - no breeze or clouds were present on this humid, still morning.
MONDAY - MONDAY - It seemed like a Monday morning with several of the players having a hard time
"getting their motors running" during the practice. Line coach William Blaylock barked, "Wake up. Get going, it's time to hit somebody."
Receivers coach D.J. Mann broke the silence loudly humming a Michael Jackson hit, before getting serious saying,
"Bring your A game, every day!"
Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan chimed in, "Don't let the ball hit the ground."
MAKING TRACKS- it was 8:06 a.m. when the train whizzed by on the adjacent tracks. Little notice was paid.
LINDALE SCRIMMAGE- Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens reminded the group that the team busses would leave at
6:15 a.m. Saturday to Lindale for the scrimmage. The varsity scrimmage will start at 8 a.m. followed by the JV
WHERE EAGLES DARE - Owens said he is glad to have the scrimmage set with Lindale with the Wildcats
tired tackling and hitting each other. "Lindale should have a good team, they have some big boys. They're back
down to 3A and that is probably good. We tied with the in 7-on-7."
The Eagles are part of District 14 — with Canton, Emory Rains,, Quinlan Ford, Van, Wills Point.
The last time the Eagles met Sulphur Springs the Wildcats rolled to a 47-19 win in bi-district competition last year.
Owens told his team that Lindale as a new field and they wanted to break in with a good performance against the Eagles
in the scrimmage.
INTRASQUAD REHASH - Owens said he was pretty pleased with the intrasquad scrimmage Friday but saw many
areas of improvement. "We want to improve and playing someone new should help us."
Riordan said, "Our NASCAR offense looked pretty good in the scrimmage. We got five touchdowns, most of those
were with the blue shirts (starters). We're going to have a quick, attacking offense and our quarterbacks have to make
decisions quickly. That's something good about having these scrimmages to work on.
ANXIOUS D- The Sulphur Springs defense was flying to the ball early in practice. At one point being too aggressive with
four defensive lineman jumping off side at the same time. "Good for you offense... that's five yards against us," said defensive coordinator
Matt Young "Now defense, watch the ball. We should not have that happening."
The defense had several good tackles with one toss play stopped cold by at least eight players on a gang tackle deluxe.
A MOUTH FULL - Sulphur Springs athletic trainer Tammy Carrell and her staff were at the scrimmage, handing out water as often as needed to players
as the sun rose in the sky. Carrell cautioned players to wear their mouth pieces with a glare. Most heeded the warning.
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