The Wildcats got a little a football background music Thursday to give them a spark as they toiled under the summer sun.
“We turned on music today just to get a new focus on practice,” said Triston Abron, defensive coordinator. “I think the players were kind of in a survival mode. We have been practicing pretty intensely for two hours each day this week. I wanted to get them a little riled up. We challenged them and they responded.”
Abron said he has been pleased with workouts so far this week.
“We played well for a while, but they were getting worn down,” Abron said. “We alternate offense and defense. You can tell a big difference when we go to defense for the first 65 minutes.”
Early on Thursday all groups were involved in drills and the ball did not touch the ground in some offensive passing competitions.
“We catch the ball, I know we do that,” Matt Young, Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator said. “We are working on timing and little things. All the guys look good right now.”
Drew McCullough and Larry Pryor were sharing time at quarterback. Parker Aguilar made a nice sliding catch, Jaylon Dugan had several impressive grabs.
New varsity coach Johnny McSheffery continued to work well with running backs Luis Colorado, Zach Spigner, Jaylon Hawkins and Jesse Ortiz.
At practice, but seeing limited time is Tyler Rosamond. Rosamond is out with a broken hand, but taking part in some drills.
Practice on Thursday opened under 76 degree temperatures, the highest starting temps of the week. A gentle breeze was welcomed by all on the field.
Offensive linemen were the first in action with some in drills at 7:50 a.m.
Senior starting offensive lineman Jess Jenkins said it was good to have the starting five linemen all together.
Jenkins said, “We even have enough to have backups. We are still working, but practices have been going well. I am a little sore, I am ready for pads so we can hit.”
Owens said, “We are getting better, but we still are getting tired. Pads are heavy and hot, but we get them Friday. It is almost like going back to zero, guys forget their technique trying to make a big hit.”
“The players have all been measured and fitted and pads will be given out Friday,” Owens said.
When talking about other district teams, Owens said he was glad the Wildcats opt to open practice in August and not participate in spring football.
“I don’t know how much benefit you get from that time in the spring,” Owens said. “We have so many kids participating in spring sports, it would be hard to do it.”
Owens said, “The biggest advantage we get from doing it this way is I have my team and my coaches right now. We get to go in August and I get all my team now to work out with and get ready for the season. I think it gives us a quicker start.”
Video is valuable
for WildcatsSulphur Springs is getting ready for the football season with daily practices on the field and video study.
Just like lifting weights, watching and studying video is all part of the football program.
Making videos of every practice are Tristan Fairchild and David Delgado.
Each videographer is assigned a different area and at times, they are both filming different areas from different towers located near the high school football fields.
“We have used this for years. They take a wide angle on the 7-on-7 and the team in practice,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “They use a tight angle to see interior guys inside hill and team. We study every play and rep.”
“We use it as a teaching tool by showing to kids after practice,” Owens added. “This is a tremendous benefit - it’s better for a kid to see himself rather than just talking about it. It gives us great details - it has become easier with the computer technology we have now.”
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