The work has just begun for the playoffs and the Sulphur Springs Wildcats could not be happier.
While many 4A programs around the state have packed up equipment for next year, the Wildcats are working on a playoff run in the Class 4A, Region II, Division II playoffs.
The Wildcats meet the Raiders of Wylie East in the bi-district round Friday at 7:30 p.m. at McKinney. Sulphur Springs is the home team.
Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said the work being done was no different that practices they have had all season. But knowing it was being done for the playoffs did raise the level of intensity.
“It was a great first day. The kids are extra giddy and excited about the playoffs,” Owens said. “The intensity level was very good and the kids practiced hard.”
Practice was held Monday in the multipurpose building as has been the schedule for Sulphur Springs.
Sulphur Springs drew a team in the first round of the playoffs which is almost a mirror image of themselves.
Wylie East is comes into the playoffs averaging 41.7 points a game, giving up 32 a game. The Raiders are coming off a 58-32 loss to Lucas Lovejoy in their final regular season game.
The Wildcats are riding a seven-game winning streak. Sulphur Springs is averaging 48 points per game, allowing an average of 36 points per contest.
“Wylie East is very similar to us,” Owens said. “So we don’t have to make a lot of changes on defense. We know what to expect. The bottom line is making the plays Friday night.”
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