It's a good thing the weather was cool because the Wildcats had a lot of work to get done.
WEATHER CAST- It had rained a little during the day Monday, not much. Just enough to give the practice field behind the ag building a little taste of water.
Practice at 4 p.m. began with the temperature at 81 and heading up, the clouds were breaking up.
RAIN IS A GOOD THING - when asked, head football coach Greg Owens, did not want the rain to blow over Sulphur Springs. He said, "Let it come, we need a good rain."
That sounds like words of wisdom from a coach raised on a dairy farm down toward Como. It also makes it easier to keep "The Prim" green.
DOUBLE UP- playing a Thursday game, instead of Friday, puts all systems into high gear. You have one less day of preparation, so the Wildcats and coaches were going double time to get ready for Lakeview Centennial. The Patriots are coming off a 35-18 loss to Plano. Sulphur Springs trying to regroup from a 28-14 loss at home to No. 5 Denton Ryan.
MAIN MANN - receiver coach D.J. Mann was vocal as ever, he said his group made too many mistakes in the first game, but they were going to get better. He barked, "Work like a champion, go all the way. Turn the corner and score. That's all right, now go get some water."
FOREVER YOUNG - defensive coordinator Matt Young had his motor running saying, "Blue shirts watch this, watch, this is what they (Centennial) wil run. Now go tackle him.
Carlisle stay in the B gap."
Young turned to drills involving big blue tubs. A small amount of rain water was drained out. The DC said, "I want to see you feet working. Read your keys, pick up the tempo... you can't overpursue."
THE OC - Jeff Riordan, offensive coordinator at the end of the field was in fine form as well. Telling his players, "No-hitters are good in baseball. But not football. Hit somebody on every play! Hit the linebacker and he can score. Way to go Cody."
Some of the work turned to trick plays, their execution and prevention. Things like the "Swinging Gate" were worked on, along with the new and improved "bulls" heavy set.
Andy Holt and kicker Fernando Arellano worked on onside kicks and making the ball get a high hop. They wondered aloud how much the change from the natural turf they practice on to the turf of Williams Stadium would affect the flight and bounce of the pigskin.
SAFETY FIRST - defensive backs coaches Triston Abron and Kurt McCain helped their charges work on recognizing plays based on motion by the offense. Abron said, "85 percent of their plays have motion," McCain chimed in, "they use motion of some kind on just about every play."
RUNNING TOUGH - down in running back land, the back were practicing drills going through hits by foam spring-loaded arms, to hold on to the ball.
TRENCH TALK - big offensive lineman continued to work and try to jell together with three making their first varsity start last week. Coach William Blaylock said, "If these guys are in your way, run them over. They should not be here anyway." He added tongue planted firmly in his cheek, "Don't think, you will just get yourself in trouble."
At 5:22 former coach Dwayne McMeans walked over in practice and said he was enjoying the cool breeze.
BAILING OUT - About 10 minutes later a heavy drizzle commenced, the temperature was now 83 degrees. And the pad popping continued, while this reporter took his notepad and recorded to his dry Malibu. Slip sliding away across the parking lot.
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