The Wildcats made big strides toward putting together a successful season with the performance Saturday at home scrimmaging against Lindale.
The contest was certainly not a polished product. But man, the potential for big plays and a special season are there.
TOO HOT - I can think about it clearly now that I have cooled off and hydrated from the scrimmage. I was just on the field for 3 1/2 hours and I feel like I sweated two gallons, painted the barn and cleared a pasture. Wow, I am either out of shape or it was 95 degrees and some high humidity. None of the players seemed to be phased by the heat, that is good.
WATER IS GREAT - - The water SSHS head trainer Tammy Carrell and her staff of student athletic trainers had out is why. If you want water on the sidelines, or the field you can get water. If you don't want water, you will still be instructed to get water. Or as the lingo of coaches "a wash."
FANS OF THE HEAT - - I thought the crowd at Gerald Prim Stadium for the scrimmage was very good, considering. Lindale had some loyal fans. The Sulphur Springs crowd was good as well, many parents and boosters. It could have used a few more teenagers, but they are still sleeping later and dreading the return of classes - very soon.
MORE POINTS- - Sulphur Springs was limited in the scrimmage by eight penalties. This is not uncommon, but it doesn' t please coaches. Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan is ready to kick the NASCAR offense into high gear and high up the scoreboard. "We were sloppy, we moved the ball but we need more points. We should have put several more touchdowns up on the board. We had drops of other mistakes. But is was a good experience, we have time to fix all of our mistakes."
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT - Coaches and teachers will be in-service starting Monday, this means practice times are changed. Write this down - on Monday and Wednesday the varsity will practice a 5 p.m.; on Tuesday and Thursday, practices will be at 8 a.m. Friday, well that's another home scrimmage, this time the foe is Terrell.
The varsity part of the scrimmage is tentatively set for 7 p.m. at Prim Stadium, times for the JV and 9th will be released as they are set.
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