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Wildcats making strides in practice

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A cool day in August.


    It’s welcome, but certainly not expected.
    But anytime football practice is going on and the mercury struggles to reach 90 in Texas, it’s worth noticing.
    Nobody was wearing jackets Tuesday morning as the Wildcats began workouts under cloudless blue skies at the high school fields.
    The thermometer was at 75 degrees even before 8 a.m., but an 8-10 mph breeze made it all worthwhile.
    First players doing work on the field were the offensive line. The big lads in the trenches were working on their footwork and pad level 15 minutes before practice actually began.
    The word for the day in practice was — progress.
    Coaches on both sides of the ball agreed that the Wildcats are showing improvement and are rounding into shape.
    “We are making progress, we’re doing things right, the pace is better than earlier,” said Matt Young, Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator. “The players are understanding more, than means we have to teach them new things and work on details.”
    “Our conditioning has been good, we are healthy and that is always a plus,” Young said. “We are getting high quality reps.”
    Young, former defensive coordinator, said the Wildcats were looking good on defense in practice, the best he has seen in four years.
    Defensive coordinator Triston Abron said he has seen tremendous improvement in his squad in just the last few days.
    “We look at it on video and it’s amazing,” Abron said. “We also haven’t had the set backs or soreness or injuries. That is a huge positive to have our players here. We try to make every practice better than the day before. Our big goal is to get better as a team.”
    Abron said while the teaching is good. His main objective is for players to do their job without thinking about.
    “To play defense, it needs to be second nature,” Abron said. “You don’t have time to think about it, you just have to do it.”
    Since practice began on Aug. 4, the Wildcats have been working out from 8-11 a.m. at the high school.
    The majority of the time has been outdoor practicing. The remainder of the time is video work, weight lifting and walking through special team assignments.
    Tuesday morning a few Wildcats were reminded of how much being on time matters to coaches.
    Players showing up tardy were instructed by head coach Greg Owens to do 25 “up downs” on the dewy morning grass.
    Owens met the offenders as they walked onto the field. “It’s 8:02 by my clock, get after it.”
    The Wildcats have their final morning workout on Wednesday.
    Thursday the squad will be on the field from 4-7 p.m. Friday the team will travel to Texarkana for a scrimmage against Liberty-Eylau. The JV and ninth grade start at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m. at Harris Field.

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