It was all smiles and popping pads Tuesday for the second workout of the week as the Wildcats prepare for Mount Pleasant. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Sam Parker Stadium.
The Wildcats were in a good mood and ready to run and hit. Especially coming off the 56-0 win over Greenville.
WATER, WATER - It wasn't everywhere but several puddles were noticed. One blocking sled was stored to the side of the grass in mud. All thanks to the 1.03 rainfall
in Sulphur Springs on Monday. Any rain is welcome. Head coach Greg Owens mentioned the rain in his weekly listing of upcoming sporting events. Owens knows it
takes rain to make "The Prim" grass grow.
GREAT WEATHER - the practice was cool, temperature about 77 under partly cloudy skies. The nice breeze seemed to take some of the sting out of the bright sun which was present as well.
SCRIMMAGE TIME - the ninth grade and JV scrimmaged for a while. They always have a spirited battle. These teams have lots of talent which will soon be advancing to the varsity ranks.
VEERING OFF -- some of the coaches, Greg Owens, Chris Owens, Bruce Silman and Derek Smith to name a few took turns being the quarterback on the veer attack. Mount Pleasant, the foe Friday, is one of few teams around which use the veer/option attack. Players were being drilled over and over about the responsibilies of their positions to cover the fullback, the quarterback and the tail back the attack.
Sulphur Springs will get a full dose of the veer Friday, it's all Mount Pleasant uses. They run the ball more than 80 percent of the time, for the year the Tigers have less yards passing than Sulphur Springs gets per game.
THE OC - Jeff Riordan, offensive coordinator, was talking with players warming up for drills. "We have been doing this for a while. I should not have to tell you the same thing over and over. Helmets on! Let's get focused."
MAIN MANN - wide receivers coach D.J. Mann was remarking that he might not even have a job in MP, the Tigers seldom throws the ball. Mann told his group - "Every rep is a good one, hit it hard. Play like a champion. Play like you are trying to get a college scholarship."
TALKING NOISE - Cody Clayton, wide receiver/running back, was feeling his oats and yelled at DB's practice, "I want the best one of you. Give me the best DB, you can't hold me." Speedy senior receiver Alvin Frazier added, "You don't won't none of this."
FOREVER YOUNG - the Sulphur Springs defense was working stopping the veer and other phases of the Mount Pleasant attack. Defensive coordinator Matt Young was pleased with his team getting a shutout last week, but knows MP is another challenge. Young said, "That's a good job... get in there. Don't give up a stinking yard!"
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