Somebody up there is testing the Wildcats! And me in particular.
HOT R THAN ...The poor football boys experienced the hottest practice temperatures of the year, all rolled into the first day of school at Sulphur Springs High School.
So the confused students, who still don't know which room to go to or where to put their books - also had to deal with coaches, blocking dummies and 107 degrees temps.
I blame the football gods. It was the first time I have seen coaches soaking themselves from the head down just to cool off. Now that's a hot day.
FIRST DAY - some coaches like Greg Owens said the first day of school was less hectic than others in the past. Asst. Coach/Algebra teacher Kurt McCain said it was pretty typical. Senior football player Colton Newkirk said, "The nightmare continues... since I am a senior, I know the where to go at school. The others...it was very repetitive, boring and torturous."
SERIOUS PRACTICE - since the first game of the year is Friday and the foe is No. 5 Denton Ryan, the tone of the practice was serious. Asst. coach Chris Owens said, "That's how Denton Ryan does it. Hit them in the mouth." He was addressing offensive linemen who were in the "chute" drill where they block each other under a huge black metal frame, the purpose of the drill is to make sure they don't raise their pad level.
FACTORING SUCCESS- Coach McCain was watching defensive backs in a drill and managed a small smile. "We have guys who are eager to get to the football. We'll be fast, we have guys who can run."
TIMING IS EVERYTHING - one coach compared a passing drill to the timing of lack of it between Dallas Cowboy QB Tony Romo and Roy Williams. "That's who you look like."
Not a compliment.
THE OC - Jeff Riordan, offensive coordinator also has some words for NASCAR drills. He said, "Quarterbacks, we are going that way. Way to go Alvin. Good catch Ford. Catch it and move up the field. " D.J. Mann, WR coach chimed in "Be ready, you never know where and when the ball might be coming to you. There you go, Tre' Dean."
FOREVER YOUNG - Defensive coordinator Matt Young was getting the Wildcats ready to go up against a school he used to coach at - Denton Ryan. Young said, "You got to see him to tackle him... come on."
BLOGGING ALONG - I know it was the hottest blog I have ever written.
I "only" made the first hour of practice before I started feeling lightheaded, goofy and needed shade.
It was my own fault. After watching practice for about 50 minutes, I decided to walk over and get a closer look (still outside the barrier) of the massive steelwork on the
70,000 square foot multipurpose building. I had an artsy photo in mind.
Big mistake. Especially since it was about a half mile jaunt for an old fat fellow, toting about 25 pounds worth of camera equipment and wearing worn out tennis shoes with no socks. Did I mention it was a tad warm and I was wearing a thick, dark brown polo shirt.
Anyway- but the time I finished that photographic safari, I decided it was time to head to the cooler climes of the Echo Publishing Co.
Thank goodness for the water fountain. Since all my other co-workers have gone home, I can take off my shoes and relax.
Did I say it was 107 dad-burn degrees? No clouds in sight.
It was probably hot for Denton Ryan as well.
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