What a wonderful day in the neighborhood. Clear skies and temperature around 80 degrees from Tuesday's practice.
LITTLE WET - after more than two inches of rain fell over the weekend, the practice field had some standing water and a few slick spots. But not a bad trade off for the much-needed moisture. Thank goodness nothing severe hit the area.
T HIGH TIME - It was a Sulphur Springs Wildcats practice concerning the Texas High Tigers. Both teams have clinched playoff berths, but a lot of pride is on the line when the two teams collide. Texas High is currently in second place, the Wildcats are in third. Sulphur Springs would like to take second with a win. The Wildcats have games left against Texas High and Royse City. The game against Sulphur Springs is the final regular season game for the Tigers. Both teams are trying to get in playoff form.
PRICKLY FLOWER - Sulphur Springs assistant coach Rodney Flowers was too close to the action and had to fend of players to keep from getting hit. He put a Heisman-like stiff arm and moved the player out of the way and lived to coach another day.
I am speaking from experience, at times the practices get intense and players can keep running when you think they are stopping. That's all part of football
THE OC - Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan has cautioned his team not to let up. He said he thinks Texas High will be one of the tougher defenses encountered by the Wildcats, second to Denton Ryan. Riordan instructed his quarterbacks with a slightly tongue-in-cheek fashion "Try not to throw it to the other team."
ABRON ON DEFENSE - Always enthusiastic coach Triston Abron was in defensive coverage, showing some moves to the players and proper techniques. He looks like he could still play, but he would have to lose his hat and trademark yellow-rimmed mirror shades.
MAIN MANN -- Coach D.J. Mann, known for his comments to the wide receivers proclaimed Tuesday's practice as "Hammer time" as the players went through blocking and catching drills. They were all wearing regular football gear, no parachute pants. Mann wants the receivers to be so good that Texas High "Can't touch them." Dallin Sant returned to practice after a knee injury had kept him out of action.
DOUBLE DUTY - Irvin Anderson, a member of the cross country and football teams was suited up for action. Anderson took 20th place in the district meet for the No. 2 Wildcats and then came to football practice. What a versatile talent.
FOREVER YOUNG - Defensive coordinator Matt Young said that Texas High will provide a challenge for the Sulphur Springs defense. The Tigers have the leading rusher in the district in Kory Sutton and a good passing attack led by Levi Saxby. Young said, "They (T High) are talented and multiple. We are still working towards being healthy."
SIC 'EM - Offensive line coach William Blaylock has a hard time controlling his pride in his school - Baylor. He said proudly, "We're bowl eligible and might win a few games people don't think we will win. Now we (Baylor) are ranked No. 25 in the nation, how 'bout that!" The Bears are 6-2 for the ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 1993.
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