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Wildcats host RC for scrimmage today

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Sulphur Springs and Royse City get one more chance to fine tune things tonight in the final football scrimmage of the season.

    The season starts for real in one week, but action today at Gerald Prim Stadium will be scrimmage competition for the two schools in varsity action.
    Both teams are growing weary of practicing and hitting each other in workouts.
    “We get a chance to hit another color uniform. We are trying to get better. What we see on video from this scrimmage will help us evaluate players for the season,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “We need good execution on both sides of the ball.”
    Owens said that due to the team’s fast-pace approach, they have to get used to a quick tempo and have a strong mental approach to the game.
    “We have a 40 second clock now like colleges. When the official sets the ball, the clock is going. Both teams have time to make substitutions,” Owens said. “We want to get off the next play as soon as possible. We’d like to do it in about 10 seconds. We play at that tempo.”
    Owens said tonight’s scrimmage is mainly going to be used to make corrections from the Liberty-Eylau scrimmage.
    “We aren’t preparing specifically for Royse City, we are more concerned about what we do,” Owens said.
    Royse City, coming off a 1-9 season, will not feature the overall team speed that Liberty-Eylau did last Friday.
    Royse City head football coach David Petroff said, “Our team is looking good. They are working hard and I am proud of their commitment. We will have about 60 varsity, 40 JV and 40 freshman. We are just trying to get better in the scrimmage. Sulphur Springs will allow our players to see an athletic team prior to the real season. We are looking to get reps for all our players and get them on video against someone other than ourselves and then evaluate the information as we prepare for our first game. We are looking to secure one of the four playoff spots.”
    Royse City is picked last in District 12-5A according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine with Mesquite Poteet tabbed to win the title with Rockwall-Heath taking second.
    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.
    Varsity teams will then play three quarters of timed competition. Each squad will start from the 30-yard line. Punts will be fair caught. Field goals and PAT’s will be live.

                    SPECIAL NOTE
    Admission of $2 for adults and $1 for students will be charged. All proceeds being donated to the Texas High School Coaches  Benevolence Fund. To date "Our Day to Shine" has involved over 800 schools and raised over $245,000  for the THSCEF Benevolence Fund.




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