As I start my second scrimmage blog of the year for football. It's confession time.
I don't like scrimmages.
Not in any sports at any time. Turn on the scoreboard and let's do it for real. Or call it practice
Not a scrimmage. I don't even like the word scrimmage. Scrimmage it sounds like a French sausage.
I like the term " line of scrimmage," I understand that. But a scrimmage, it is just a gloried practice or workout.
Scrimmage often have coaches on the field. How real can that get. It's a practice.
Then it comes to the scoring. All my life I have know a touchdown is six points. It's a great feeling knowing that in a football game in Texas, Montana, Florida or even Alaska, that a touchdown is six points.
But nooooooooooooo. In a scrimmage, all of a sudden a touchdown is worth a single point, one. Like in soccer or hockey. The football coach once said to me we had a 2-0 scrimmage. Some coaches won't even say if they won or lost a scrimmage.
Why? Because it is practice, a rose by any other name would smell better than a practice. The field does not even have the big numerals on it yet. What's a old guy like me supposed to do trying to keep up with yardage from the press box.
Scrimmages don't have bands, drill teams,cheerleaders or smoke-filled run throught signs. I just don't like them. Bring on the real games!
So there... I have vented. (Deep breath).
Now I can get back to the Sulphur Springs scrimmage against Terrell.
OVERALL - The Wildcats looked good, very fast at some positions. Kendrick Daniels is the closest thing to a Porsche I have ever seen. Just an observation. Wow, that Cat can motor.
It's just a shame a penalty wiped out a nice gain by Alvin Frazier on a pass. Quarterbacks Justin Owens and Blake Macek are both looking good. Some mistakes we made, coverages read wrong. But nothing which can't be corrected. Defensively the swarning Wildcat defense had lots to think about and adjust to against Terrell. The crafty Tigers used lots of different looks and it caused problems, for a while. Adjustments were made. The Sulphur Springs first team defense was "pulled early" according to coaches to let some of the younger players see the speed of the game they will be involved in come Friday nights.
KICKING - Sharard Timmons and Macek punted in regular and rugby formations. Fernando Arellano was impressive with his field goals. Head coach Greg Owens said Arellano was making kicks in pregame from over 60 yards. The head coach called Arellano "a weapon" especially if he can not only be steady of field goals and boom kickoffs into the end zone on a consistent basis.
STATS - Detailed offensive stats of the game show Sulphur Sprigs rushing 26 times for 179 yards. Rushers and yardage include; Kendrick Daniels 14-121; Dadrian Smith, 4-36; Kody Chester 2-13; Justin Owens 3-5; Willie Ivery 1-6; Blake Macek 2 for minus 4. Passing- Owens 12-20-121; Macek,, 5-10-128, 1 td, 2 int. Receiving - Alvin Frazier 6-75; Cody Clayton 3-30; Daniels, 2-8; Smith 1-11; Tre' Dean 1-22; W. Ivery, 1-44; T. Roy 1-2.
Total yardage by Wildcats- 428.
PRACTICE - yes, I am talking about practice. Since school starts for all the good little boys and girls of Sulphur Springs on Monday, the practice times are changed.
Coach Owens said practice after school is at 4 p.m. unless otherwise notified.
The Wildcats have an interesting week as they prepare for No. 5-state ranked Denton Ryan, remember the WIldcats are No. 17 and playing at "The Prim."
Coach Owens said the game will draw notice from around the state. He added, "Get to the game early!"
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