The temperature under the broiling sun Wednesday was 95 with a heat index of 99-100, so the Wildcats went indoors.
Practicing in the multi-purpose building was a relief from the scorching conditions.
“We decided to come inside out of the sun,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “We need to get the work done. We need to get our legs under us before the scrimmage Friday.”
The main advantage of the indoor facility was being out of the bright sunlight, but still conditions were very warm in the multi-purpose building and very sticky despite large fans in use.
Matt Young, offensive coordinator said, “Practice was crisp on Wednesday. The progress and level of execution we had was solid and we are seeing some of the players getting more and more comfortable with their responsibilities and assignments. Isaac Perez is continuing to make strides and our running backs (Scott Galarza, Jesse Ortiz, Jaylon Hawkins, Tyler Rosamond and Zach Spigner) are continuing to improve in their reads and assignments.”
Young continued, “As for being indoors, I believe it had very little impact on the workout, but it was nice to get out of the sun.”
Practice began around 4 p.m. and continued for more than two hours on Wednesday.
“We were off of the field by 6:15 yesterday,” said Triston Abron, defensive coordinator. “We did get after it yesterday on the defensive side. Kids played fast, and had very few mental mistakes. It was just as hot indoors as it was outside. Actually, it might have been hotter indoors due to the lack of a breeze blowing, but we were still able to get good work in.”
The Wildcats take on Royse City Friday in scrimmage action at Gerald Prim Stadium.
Action will begin at 5 p.m. with the ninth grade and junior varsity football teams in action.
The ninth grade will play at the scoreboard end the junior varsity will play back-to-back on the field.
The ninth grade will run 35 plays with the Sulphur Springs defense against Royse City offense, 15 plays with the Sulphur Springs threes vs. Como-Pickton offense; 35 plays Sulphur Springs offense vs. Royse City defense; 15 plays, Sulphur Springs threes offense vs. Como-Pickton’s defense.
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity will have 35 plays on offense vs. Royse City’s defense. Then switch with RC’s offense vs. Sulphur Springs on defense.
The varsity portion will start at 6:30 p.m. Eight plays for each teams’ starters and second teamers on offense and defense. Sulphur Springs will start on offense.
Five plays each will be held for point after kicks and punts for each team.
Teams will then play three quarters of timed competition. Each team will start from the 30-yard line. Punts will be fair caught. Field goals and PAT’s will be live.
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