Wildcat blog, Paris week
Time to take on the old, traditonal rival, Paris. It's Wildcats vs. Wildcats, second week in a row.
TATER TOTS, Maybe- Sulphur Springs players and coaches are getting so locked into beating Paris and whipping the Wildcats from Lamar Co. there’s a rumor no French fries will be served this week. But then again it’s just a rumor.
SUMMERTIME RETURNS- if anyone thought the recent cool weather and temps in the 70s were going to stay – they are not from these parts. I have lived in East Texas my whole life, I know, from experience, the cool weather doesn’t come until later. It feels like football weather in mid-October usually not before.
Practice today for the Wildcats was hot , in the 90s and seriously warm for all outdoors. Water was flowing very quickly and in high demand.
AIR SHOW – the Sulphur Springs team threw 29 times, compared to 44 rushes against Whitehouse. The passing game was coming under heavy scrutiny on Monday. Running backs coach Bruce Silmon was practicing over and over on throwing passes to backs coming out of the backfield. Whitehouse seemed to have that play, especially the swing pass, scouted out.
MR. OC- Jeff Riordan was in fine form talking to his groups. “You may see man coverage, you got to be able to beat man coverage. Perfect, execute. You have no excuses. You have to do it 100 percent of the time. Don’t be afraid, run perfect routes. You can’t run a four yard pattern, if we need five yards. Be precise. That’s a drive-killer.”
MAIN MANN – the WR coach for Sulphur Springs D.J. Mann is still striving for a perfect game with no drops. He hollered, “Stop rounding off your patterns. Sink your shoulders, get your hips. Get it right! You’re your shoulders over your heels. Faster, faster, faster coming out of the break. There you go Tre’ Dean, show me some speed.”
WEST TEXAS Story- Mann, a graduate of West Texas A&M was telling about the school in Canyon. How the school can draw up to 20,000 to the panhandle area. The school was brought up by Triston Abron when he said he got a call from former Sulphur Springs player, Johnny McSheffery. McSheffery is a redshirt freshman DB at the school and recovered a blocked fumble for a touchdown in the school’s 77-14 win over SW Okla. McSheffery told Abron, “I scored a touchdown even before I have a tackle.”
He finished the game with three tackles, one fumble recovery, one touchdown. Abron showing pride in a former pupil.
HEAD COACH Greg Owens was working with the offensive line in one drill and the big guys up front were drawing both praise and barbs. “This is work, be business-like. Take care of your job. Put your eyes on his shoulder pad, drive your feet, don’t just push. This is an inside power drive, hit it like the sled.”
Later a play worked well the coach jogged up clapping his hands, “That’s it, that is exactly what you need to do. Now go pat him on the butt for doing his job. That was good!”
FOREVER YOUNG – It was just Monday, still with lots of work to do to get ready for Paris, but defensive coordinator Matt Young was always stressed details. As he always does and that makes the team get better. Young said, “Be under control, your missing your man. Your momentum is hurting you, be under control. That is getting the idea. You have to be lined up right. This is the third week of the season, you might not get the reps you have been getting. All you got to do is pay attention and listen.”
CONTACT DRILL – The workout involved defensive ends and coach Derek Smith was in high gear. “Pancake his butt!” he challenged his players in a drill. In another drill Smith told his players to not be scared to hit him on the shoulder. “Punch me, don’t afraid. You will not hurt me.”A player gave Smith a tap doing by him in the drill.
Smith turned with a wry smile to the player saying “You hit like a girl.”
PARIS WEEK – Owens said getting ready for Paris was more difficult than Whitehouse. Paris has a more diverse attack and could present the unexpected on Friday night.
“We play Paris, we always play Paris. We did when I was in school,” Owens said. “They used to be in our district, now they have dropped down to 3A. Playing Paris is just tradition.”
In 47 meetings since 1956, Sulphur Springs holds a slim 24-22-1 lead over the Paris Wildcats. Sulphur Springs has won the last nine games in a row.
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