By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
The Sulphur Springs football players and coaches got their eyes opened Friday after scrimmaging Liberty-Eylau.
While the Wildcats did account for themselves pretty well in the event held in Texarkana, they also saw some glaring areas that need work.
Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator Matt Young commented on the scrimmage, “Offensively, we were disappointed in our ability to put the ball in the end zone. We had some turnovers and some penalties that will be addressed next week.”
Young added, “On a positive note, Austin Davis, Isaac Perez and Spencer Bramlett played well at offensive tackle. The receiver corps did a good job of catching the football with Christian Jackson making a nice catch for a touchdown.
Overall, we are by no means where we need to be but fortunately we get to go back to work this week. We had lots of positive with execution, assignment and tempo and look to build on those next week.”
The Wildcats outscored Liberty-Eylau 1-0 in the controlled scrimmage. In the time half, the Leopards took a 13-10 decision. Sulphur Springs had scoring chances which were missed and several key penalties.
“Overall we did a good job of running to the ball. We have to keep getting better each day and week. There are several things that we need to get better at to be a great defensive unit and that's the ultimate goal,” said Triston Abron, Sulphur Springs defensive coordinator.
The Wildcats get back to work today with the afternoon practice to begin at 5 p.m. today according to Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens.
“We have to get in better shape,” Owens said. “It’s like I told the boys Friday in Texarkana. If you are tired now in the first quarter, think about how it is going to be when the real games start under the lights and the adrenaline is flowing.”
The Wildcats host Royse City for scrimmage action Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium. The JV and ninth grade will begin at 5 p.m. The varsity scrimmage will start at 6:30 p.m. Teams will have 32 plays in the controlled scrimmage, then play three timed quarters.
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