Feels almost like football weather.
COOL CATS - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats were greeted Monday and Tuesday with cooler weather. The practice Tuesday was a pleasant workout with temperatures in the upper 70s. Later in the week the temperature will be up by about 10 degrees. But still better than August.
SCRIMMAGE- the junior varsity and freshmen had a spirited scrimmage, like always. The freshmen finished their work and gave way to the varsity and the JV in preparation for Greenville.
GREENVILLE WEEK - does not cause any great excitement or fear among the team. Mainly because the Lions appear toothless, winless for the year. Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens said he stressed for his team to get better each week as a team and at each position, regardless of the opponent.
THE LINE - The Harris Ratings which this year has had Sulphur Springs favored by 41 points in one game and 31 in another, picked Sulphur Springs to beat Sherman last week. Well they missed that as well. So this week the winless Greenville Lions take on Sulphur Springs and the Harris folks won't even list a line on it. Meaning, without saying, they think Sulphur Springs will win by about 50 or so.
INJURIES - Still not official words on who will play and who won't. Tylan Harris was getting treatment, Dallin Sant had swelling go down on his knee. Jonathon Carlisle is close, but not ready. Kody Chester out for the year. Others to be evaluated.
MAIN MANN- "We're looking for a W this week. We want to get ready. We need to score 50 points," said WR coach D.J. Mann. Mann said, "Greenville does have one good defender, a freshmen safety. He's good, I'd take him. I don' t know that much about the rest of the Greenville players."
DANGEROUS DANIELS - Kendrick Daniels, a talented running back and receiver was snatching the football out of the air with great regularity. Daniels said, "I'm getting them all (passes) today. Get that stuff out of here."
THE OC- Jeff Riordan said the team will start this week on offense by trying to throw to the right team. Riordan said, "You never know about Greenville. Anytime a team can rise up and win a game... you don't want it to be against you. We will prepare for them like they are state champions."
UP BEAT - -No funk was left over from the 60-34 loss to Sherman, nothing was visible in practice. The coaches, players were upbeat and ready for the task at hand - going on a Lion hunting safari.
FOREVER YOUNG - Defensive coordinator Matt Young was drilling his group on the importance of playing well against Greenville. Of jumping on them early and not giving them a chance, killing their will. "Accelerate to the ball and go. Put their face in the dirt. Good job. Beat the block, don't outrun it. Bend your knees, let's go. No moseying around.
SIMPLE TALK - Defensive backs coach Kurt McCain put his coaching in easy terms for the safeties to remember. "That's your job to cover that dude!"
CUTE KID STORY - Offensive line coach William Blaylock has a budding football player on his hands, not at practice, but at home.
It seems his young son, Ryan, has started wearing a full size football helmet ALL THE TIME and will only remove it to go to day care and sleep. When he does sleep, dad reports, he cuddles next to the helmet in his bed like a teddy bear. Blaylock showed a photo on his phone of the lad wearing the helmet at Wal-Mart. He said, "The boys has got it bad, he wears it all the time. He thinks he's a quarterback."
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