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    Sulphur Springs after school workouts for spring football ended Wednesday with head coach Greg Owens pleased with the work done during the practices.

    Owens said players will go over plans for the blue/white game Thursday during the physical education period.
    The intrasquad game is slated for 6 p.m. at the soccer/track complex Friday. In the event of poor playing conditions or rain, the game will be moved to the multi-purpose building.
    “We’ve had great workouts, the kids have great attitudes,” Owens said. “I’d give it an A-plus on another great spring. Today (Wednesday) was a very good day. We got more special teams work as we get closer to it. We will try to mix in a bunch of special teams plays in Friday. It might look awkward to people, I’ll be yelling a bunch of things out of the microphone. We are trying to get them used to getting on and off the field and get some work with that.
    Owens said, “It’s been mainly good. We had some injuries we did not want to have. One young man messed up an ACL (knee ligament) and we hate that. Most of the injuries were minor and not season-ending. All of the work has been positive. The kids worked on game situations. We did a lot of different things, making them think about situational things, like trying to get in field goal position, down late in the game.”
    Owens said the game type situations have helped the team stay focused and have fun during spring workouts.
    “Those types of things have kept it lively and make them react and understand situations,” Owens said. “Now, the question is, can they handle it in the heat of the moment? That’s what you never know.”
    Owens said, “Retention has beeb good. I look defensively- we have a lot of guys coming back. We have 15 seniors with 21 games under their belt. There’s a lot of understanding and savvy there. I was proud of the way they made adjustments. Today we did some blitzes and the offensive line did a fantastic job of picking people up. They didn’t turn them scot-free, two weeks ago we turned them scot-free. Now they are understanding, so their communication is better. Their technique is better. We always work on that.”
    Owens said. “We talked to the seniors. Coach (Derek) Tyson has taken them through some things. We’re dealing with a situation and we wanted their input, they have a lot invested. We discussed an issue with them.”
    Owens then went over the format for the Spring Game which will feature two teams in a competitive situation while taking part in offense, defense and special teams plays.
    “We have different groups, we’ll  mix them in so our numbers are right,” Owens said of the lineup.
    All players in grades 9-12 involved in football, some 85 will be taking part in the scrimmage.
    Owens said, “We have some hamstrings, shoulders, concussions to consider going into the scrimmage. They will be held out, so we have to share some guys.”
    “It will be a good set up, we’ll have running quarters, four or five,” Owens said. “We’ll just see how it goes. Different groups in and get a break. We want people to work on both sides of the ball and special teams. We play it by the situation. If we get tired of doing kickoff five times in a row, then we won’t do it.”
    Owens said, “I don’t want to make it a drag. It should be up tempo and fast, the kids get to show out and play. We want to get out of it healthy.”
    “We’ll use game situations, we’ll but 12 minutes on the clock and roll it,” Owens said. “I’ll have a whistle to over-ride the officials on the field. We don’t want any quarterbacks or running backs beat up. We’ll have some quick whistles.”
    Owens said some players are being cross trained for several positions, but he did not anticipate that many players going both ways.
    “The younger kids will play a bunch,” Owens said. “We have guys like Austin Dodd, Jase Thompson. We have five running backs who will also play defense. We’ll have running back by committee. Those guys all can play. We will rest them when we can, one guy doesn’t have to carry the load. We have quality backups.”
    Owens said, “I just say some young guys at the freshmen level, not to call any names who have really surprised us. They haven’t been intimidated going up against the older guys. As a group, I am impressed by their poise, how they do things. The daily progress of how we prepare and play.”
    “The offensive line keeps getting better,” Owens said. “We dialup blitzes and send them. The offensive line is doing a good job of applying their rules to pick them up. If they keep thinking and applying rules, then we can pick it all up.”
    Owens added, “I’ve seen some guys make some great plays. Sim (Simeon Taylor) looks great. Both quarterbacks - Ryan Humphries and D’Corian  Young - can run and throw. They also can play wide receivers. There’s a lot of dynamic things, we are excited about with them.  It’s not an ego thing for those guys, they’re helping each other. They did that in 7-on-7. It’s good they have been a really fun group. They like each other.”




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