What a day for practice. Sun shining brightly and the second day of school brought more sanity to the situation.
The Wildcats are ready to growl. The reall games start Friday.
HOT - HOT - Fueled by a cold front which made the temperature drop from 107 on Monday to JUST 101 today, it was almost chilly. Things were almost pleasant. The gentle breeze did make things a little more bearable.
One unidentified player was signing under his breath "what did I do to deserve this!"
FISH Vs. JV - It was the beginning of what will be a weekly event, the freshmen scrimmaging against the JV. It was a spirited contest. Each getting in good plays. The main thing is they got to see a different look and hit other people. A freshman player suffered an elbow injury and had to be taken from the field.
FOREVER YOUNG - - Defensive coordinator Matt Young was in fine form. "Get in there, three groups of five. If you are not lined up right... then they score. That's why we do this every day so you can be in the right spot." Young knows that when the Wildcats like up Friday night against Denton Ryan they are in for a big challenge against the No. 5 team in the state. Young is a former Denton Ryan coach.
THE OC- offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan was getting his groups lined up for drils. Riordan, who teaches three classes of tax math, is sure the offensive work will all ADD UP to a successful year.
LINE DANCING -- The Sulphur Springs offensive line continued the hard work of getting into shape and blocking under the large metal "chute" which keeps their pads down.
One player was compared to Mason Y'Barbo, recent graduate now at UNT. The player looked at offensive line coach William Blaylock like he did not want the compliment.
"I said you came off the ball like Y'Barbo, that you looked like him. You might want to be like him, all I know is that he's at a Division I school and he's got his school paid for by football."
ROLE PLAY - During a break, wide receiver Alvin Frazier was trying his hand at throwing passes and kicker Fernando Arellano was trying to catch passes. Arellano has too many years of playing soccer in him, his hands were not exactly receiver material. Frazier, not a bad arm for WR.
HEAD COACH Greg Owens was deeply involved in the freshman/JV scrimmage. When the contact was over he ordered all players on the field to get water. "If you are coming off the field, go get some water." Owens knows well that the best way to prevent dehydration is to keep everyone fully hydrated.
MAIN MANN - Always talkative WR coach D.J. Mann said his teams' motto is RHS- Routes, Hands, Finish. He said, "Run a good route, catch the football and score a touchdown." He reminded his group of WRs "Denton Ryan is coming here, they will play on our grass. I'm amped up."
CONTACT DRILLS began with a loud "whack" noise. Senior linebacker Joe Scott had lit up a player when he was unblocked.
"Joe Scott is in the building" one player hollered. Coach Rodney Flowers said, "You got smoked because the other guy missed Joe."
FASHION POLICE - - Assistant coach Triston Abron continues to be a trend-setter with his straw hat instead of floppy vented hat most coaches wear.
Abron's hat has character, it looked like it blew to Sulphur Springs straight off the head of a farmer in Dumas. Abron's hat combined with wraparound
yellow mirror shades would make any coach jealous.
But I really can't comment on fashion. Since I am still walking around with legs so white, they look bleached.
So I was told.
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