The second "prime time" football practice for Sulphur Springs was cool by comparison to recent days.
A temperature of 91 with a heat index of 95 under a slight cloud cover beats the heck out of 101 degrees and climbing humidity.
GO JOE - Starting senior linebacker Joe Scott continued at practice after missing the Lindale scrimmage with a virus. Scott said he would play in his final scrimmage as he gets ready for his last year as a Wildcat.
TIGER TALK - The Terrell Tigers made the playoffs last year and should give the Wildcats a more stern test of speed and size than 3A Lindale did, reports say.
The two teams scrimmage Friday night at Gerald Prim, JV/9 at 5 p.m. and big boys at 7 p.m.
REVED UP RIORDAN- Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan told his squad "do the little things right, don't get lazy today"
to WRs Riordan said, "It's a street fight. Do you want the ball? Football is a physical, violent game."
UP GOES FRAZIER - Wide receiver Alvin Frazier, not exactly the biggest player on the field at 5-10, 160 but is certainly one of the most determined. After missing part of his junior year due to injury, he is excited about the upcoming scrimmage and season.
Frazier said, "Two teams take the field, only one can bring the hammer. We have the hammer. I am not worried about Terrell, I am concerned about what I do. I want to catch as many passes and block to help the team win."
When asked about fighting for the ball the confident player said, "When the ball is in the air, it's a Wildcat ball and I will go get it . My goal this year is to catch as many passes as come my way."
Coaches DJ Mann (wide receivers) and William Blaylock (o line) had good-natured exchange of coaching barbs as their groups practiced next to each other.
Mann hollered over to the line coach, "It's about to get physical!"
Blaylock looked up and laughed, saying, "Well, all right, if you are scared, go to church."
Mann told his wide outs, "We got to get down the field and help the guys score. You need to be selfless, not selfish."
Passing drills with the receivers against the defensive backs got spirited. Kris Ford and Trevon Roy made nice catches. Sharard Timmons had some close up defensive coverage.
At 5:36 p.m. I thought I felt a sprinkle of rain from the clouds above. But just one, maybe two then the sun moved in.
COACH THEM UP - Defensive coordinator Matt Young was trying to get his players to be more active and physical. He said, "You got to be fast and find the ball. Way to go! Push his helmet in the dirt, that is why you lift weights to be strong enough to push him down."
BLOG FANS - the daily Wildcat football blog, a new feature this year on the website, has gotten some responses. Coach Mann for one.
Mann said, "I check it out on my phone driving back to Mesquite everyday."
Coach "two hands on the wheel, please!!" Read it when you get home.
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