Nothing like pounding Denison to open district on a great note.
FAN FARE - - The fans at Gerald Prim Stadium, I am talking about the ones packed into the home side, were glad to see the 48-14 victory, I know. They remember last year.
It was Denison in 2009 which ended the playoff run by Sulphur Springs, downing the Wildcats 49-35 at SMU's Ford Stadium. This payback was somewhat subdued, but a district win is still a district win.Oddly enough, Denison has not won a game after going 13-2 last season.
PAPER CHASE - I was minding my own business before the contest going through my pre-game rituals. One of them is to put my reporting stuff down on the trainer's table and walk around, visiting with coaches, friends, gathering info for this blog. I walked back over the trainer's table and see the zebras, I mean officials, searching through my stuff. I did not mind, I have nothing to hide. Really nothing of worth. They were looking for a piece of paper, which I provided to them from my trusty notepad, then everyone was on their way.
MUTANT JACKET- the huge, helmet, run through sign for Denison continues to perplex me. I guess this falls into the category of having too much time on my hands. But it looks like a Yellow Jacket's head, but a human body. I dunno what they were going for with it. It bothered me last year, it still strikes me as a bit strange.
WEATHER REPORT- A nice breeze was present most of the night. The game began under a 40 percent threat of thunderboomers, but thankfully nothing developed. A few sprinkles in the third quarter was all I felt.
SHIRT OFF MY BACK - I am very superstitious about my sideline wardrobe. I opted out of my Echo Publishing dark blue shirt, mainly after getting grief last week for the polo being the exact color of the team I was not covering - Paris. So I went for my button up teal short-sleeved shirt. It might become my new favorite shirt, after all it is now 1-0.
MAIN MANN - D.J. Mann, the sometimes hyper, Sulphur Springs receivers coach had to make sure he had all of his supplies before going to the press box to work the game on the headset with the other coaches. Mann said he has to have sunflower seeds and Skittles or he can't make it. Nervous energy, he has it. Mann said he was hoping the Wildcats could get over 300 yards passing for the first times year. Well, Mann turned out to be a prophet, the Wildcats threw for 338 yards against Denison. That's a lot of Skittles.
KICKING IN THE WIND - the Wildcats lost the opening toss, so visiting Yellow Jackets got the wind. It mattered little at first. Then on their second kickoff the ball sailed high and deep and right to Kendrick Daniels. Daniels made one of the prettiest runbacks in Sulphur Springs history. Not only did he take it 98 yards to the house, he set the tone for the game. Having the wind, really did not matter on this Friday. Not when you have speed.
INJURIES - senior receiver Alvin Frazier caught an elbow on his hip and was forced from the lineup. Frazier said he could have played, but by the time he had his shoulder pads off, the Wildcats already had a big lead. Kody Chester was still on the sideline, he faces possible season-ending knee surgery. He's a junior now, already thinking about a strong comeback for his senior year.
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