By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
The field has been cut, helmets issued and shoes cleaned, now it is time for football.
Sulphur Springs players and coaches like have been looking forward to Monday with eager anticipation.
“We will have kids on the grass Monday, 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., “ said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach.
Owens said he expects close to 150 players in action.
The breakdown is like this - varsity, 45; junior varsity, 40 with around 60 freshmen reporting.
On Monday the varsity JV will begin practice around 8 a.m.. The freshmen begin workouts at 8:30 a.m. and hit the field at 9 a.m.
The Wildcats are expected another successful year in football, the team tabbed in preseason publications as a playoff contender, ranked No. 3 in district behind powers Longview and Texas High.
The Wildcats have seven offensive and eight defensive starters back from an 8-4 team which went to the area DII round of the playoffs.
The offensive line should a strong point this year with the return of starters with some players back from injury.
Blue-chip athlete Larry Pryor is back to guide the offense at quarterback. Pryor has pledged to play safety for Texas A&M. He made all-state last year at quarterback passing for 2,666 yards. Pryor was named all-state as a sophomore defensive back.
The Sulphur Springs defense should be strong with returning standouts Zach Spigner (76 tackles) and Cain Cody (63 tackles, five sacks).
Monday is just the beginning for football action around the state.
On Friday, things really get serious with the first day of contact using pads.
The Wildcats open scrimmage action Friday, Aug. 15 in Royse City. Time for the event has not been released.
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