The Sulphur Springs Wildcats went live in a full contact intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday, the final full contact scrimmage before Saturday mornng's dust-up with Lindale at Gerald Prim Stadium.
Like Friday's intrasquad affair, the latest scrum had both the offense and defense being able to claim high points. But, the scrimmage also lifted the intensity level after Tuesday's subpar practice.
The scrimmage started quickly for the Wildcat starting offense as junior running back Kendrick Daniels showed both patience and speed on the third play when he picked his way behind his blockers on the right side, found a crease then sprinted about 60 yards for a TD. Daniels, who qualified for the regional track meet in the 100-meter dash last spring as a sophomore, won't be caught once he breaks away.
But, the defense responded on the next series as the unit caused a fumble by a Cat wide receiver, and inside linebacker Joe Scott came up with the loose ball.
Sophomore defensive end Traveon Roy recorded a sack on the next series, but the Wildcat offense responded and ended the drive with a Justin Owens to Irvin Anderson TD pass of about 10 yards. Senior kicker Fernando Arellano booted both extra points, though he got a helping hand -- two hands to be exact -- from holder Blake Macek on the second attempt. Macek came out of his crouch to snag a high snap and then leaned over to get the ball placed upright for Arellano's kick.
Owens completed 8-of-11 passes in the scrimmage, while Macek, the back-up QB, had a strong showing as well, going 6-of-8. Wide receiver Cody Clayton had an outstanding leaping grab, and receiver JD Dean had a nice catch-and-run though he suffered a hip stinger when tackled.
Defensively, defensive ends Jalen Perry and Erick Simmons also recorded sacks.
PROS AND CONS -- Like any intrasquad scrimmage, success comes against teammates, so the Wildcats will have an infinitely better idea of where they stand when they host LIndale at 8 a.m. Saturday in the season's opening scrimmage. ... Coaches weren't enthralled by a couple of defensive backs who tried to make tackles by lowering their shoulder pads rather than wrapping up the call carrier. ... It appears that receiver is one of the team's deepest positions, with solid back-ups at all four spots. Alvin Frazier, Dallin Sant, Cody Clayton, Chris Ford, Irvin Anderson, Dean, Tevin Norris and Roy have all made plays in the team's two intrasquad scrimmages.
POSITION BY POSITION -- Joe Scott, one of the team's top tacklers last year at outside linebacker, is getting time at the inside position. Junior Kody Chester and Jonathan Carlisle and senior Tanner Gilbreath are getting lots of reps at the outside spots. ... In the JV portion of the scrimmage, sophomore running back Kalise Frazier had two long TD runs.
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