Another perfect day in paradise. It was Sulphur Springs football practice without much stress. Things were getting accomplished, but since the Wildcats have no foe this week. It was a relaxed teaching mode and it was good to watch.
SUNNY AND about 85 degrees were the forecast. A little bit warm for some, still a few puddles standing water in areas from recent rain. But that rain just made the grass grow.
G.O. TO MOW- At the beginning of practice, Sulphur Springs head football coach and athletic director Greg Owens took a turn Tuesday riding the John Deere mower. That's what I call an attention to detail. He had a smile on his face after he made a few turns, clipping a few rows, then parked the green machine and went back to the groups involved in practice.
NOT YO' BUDDY -- the freshmen and junior varsity had a spirited scrimmage, as they usually do. But since they are in a bye week as well, all they had to do was hit each other with an off Thursday night coming up. Not many freshmen wanted to try and step up to tackle JV running back Willie "Buddy" Ivery. Ivery is not only fast as his namesake might indicate to anyone familiar with the family, but he's thick and hard to tackle.
INJURED WARRIORS - some injury reports were good like the one on Dallin Sant and Dylan "Taz" Owsley. Sant's knee should allow him to play and Owsley's shoulder is sore after being "popped back in" but will not keep him out of action. Other players were knee injuries like Tylan Harris and Daevaun Henson could miss a few more games.
MAIN MANN - D.J. Mann, wide receivers coach continues coaching in his own special way. Mann was telling his team to get in shape. He said that since the Sulphur Springs receiver run some many screens, they need to be in better shape. That's why he had them doing running drills. Mann was proud to announce that two Wildcat receivers (Cody Clayton and Alvin Frazier) were in the top four in the district receiving stats. Mann said he would work his group but no overdo it during the bye week. "We have been pushing these 'Cats since July. They need to rest a little." Anyone wanting to follow Mann on twitter, his address is thamannjr
You might want to ask him about the banana eating contest he was involved in.
DEREK'S DOMINOES -- Defensive end coach Derek Smith saw his group do things which drew praise and concern. "I have never told you to stand up - stay down. Keep your pads down." He also said, "Punch that tight end out of the way and go get 'em. Good, now how did that feel?"
FOREVER YOUNG - Defensive coordinator Matt Young was ready to roll for his session of teaching. "Get a wash (drink) and get back over here. Where are my LBs (linebackers). Way to go, way to find him. I want to see you moving around. Good play Joe (Scott), way to go Sharard (Timmons)."
TRISTON TASKING - Defensive backs coach Triston Abron was in fine form as well with his comments on practice. "Get outside and turn him inside. You want to make him run inside. See, this is not as easy as you thought it would be. That guy ate you up! As you are back-peddling, look at who is coming up."
THE OC- Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan put it simply to his group, "I don't want the ball hitting the ground."
His objectives for the bye week, "It's just us doing what we do, trying to get better every day."
MACEK's MEATHOOKS - backup quarterback Blake Macek is also a receiver and showed off some good hands as a wide out. He has good feet as well. Macek is the leading punter in the district, averaging 40 yards a boot.
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