The trip to Mount Pleasant was a pleasant journey. Just jump on the magic superslab called 1-30.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION - - The lighting at the field was called to my attention. Since I sent about 30 years of my life walking the sidelines, most times with a camera,
I am always concerned about the lighting.
Photographer Mike Laeding switched to the home side to shoot for a logical reason. He usually shoots his photos from the Sulphur Springs side, but the home side
had better lighting. Mike counted 11 burned out bulbs, most on the visitor side. Luis Noble, our photographer, shot from both sides of the field.
NAMEGAME - - so the name of the Mount Pleasant football field is officially Sam Parker Field. Not Sam Parker Stadium as we were told. Not that is makes that much difference, but I like to get it right. Sam Parker was a former Tiger coach. The field was built about 8 years ago and sets 7,500 with field turf. I still like natural grass better.
The field will be used soon for marching contests with many area schools participating along with Sulphur Springs.
SLICK SHOES - for the second time this year I noticed how kickers wear special shoes. I was told years ago by a former pro kicker, that punter/kickers wear a shoe a half size too small on purpose and it make them kick better. The kicker for Mount Pleasant Rob Espinoza wore bright yellow shoes. He made one of two extra points, so I don't know if it helped him or not.
PINK OUT again- the Wildcats wore pink for Cancer Awareness Month last week. This week it was Mount Pleasant wearing pink socks with their football team. Also wearing pink were the drill team, band, cheerleaders and others.
COOL NIGHT- many fans in the stands donned sweaters, light jackets and some wore school hoodies due to the recent fall weather. This is mid October and it finally is starting to feel almost like football weather. I really don't consider it football weather unless it is around 50 degrees or lower. Sorry Cindy.
NO RUST ON RUSTY -- Former coach turned Sulphur Springs principal Rusty Harden gets his pregame exercise throwing passes with a Nerf football to kids on the sidelines. Not a bad arm at all for man.
RANGER SCORES - some folks had the Ranger game on Tivo and did not want to know the score, but they heard it anyway. Fans cheered for the Boys of Summer/ The announcer told the score of the Rangers over the Yankees at least three times. Too bad the lead did not hold and they lost the first game of the ALCS. But just wait...
CAPTAINS, CAPTAINS - Trey Younger, George Green, Dylan "Taz" Owsley and Chris Duran were captains for Sulphur Springs and got to lead the team onto the field for the ceremonial pregame coin toss. The Wildcats won the toss and got the ball first.
FAST HALF-- the first half went quickly with bands marching at 8:40 p.m. It makes a difference when you play a team like Mount Pleasant who actually takes time to huddle and runs the veer. The MP team only threw 10 times and Sulphur Springs had 17 passes. The teams totaled 11 incompletions. That makes a big change to some clock stoppages when two spread teams meet.
BIG 100- Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens got to be feted after the game for recording his 100th career coaching win. He went 59-42 at Lindale and then
returned to his alma mater when he has gone 41-18 including a state title in 2008. He got a game ball from SSHS principal John McCullough, candy from superintendent Patsy Bolton and a big "100" sign fashioned for him by the cheerleaders.
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