The Sulphur Springs multipurpose building was the place to be Wednesday for football practice.
The walls of the huge structure could hardly contain the enthusiasm and sheer joy the players showed during workouts.
Wildcat head coach Greg Owens had described a practice this week as ‘giddy’ and it is easy to see why.
All the work the team and coaches have put in to get this point has paid off. So now it is time to reap the rewards.
While many teams around the county and state have packed up football gear until next year, the Wildcats are still glad to be practicing.
“The preparations have not changed. We are still getting ready for a football game. It’s just that this is the playoffs, it’s a little different. It’s lose and go home,” Owens said. “They puts a finality on it, a sense of urgency. You want to play your best.”
Players were sprinting from drill to drill a with smiles on their faces.
The workout change to the indoor facility was made this week.
With the advent of daily saving time, sunset now is around 6:30 p.m., that makes workout on the outdoor fields too dark and dusty for practices which usually last two hours.
“We moved workouts indoor for the light,” Owens said. “It is also easy to hear and we get a lot of teaching done.”
Players seem to like the change. Any change is welcome when you have been doing football drills since August.
The Wildcats seemed to have a pep in their step, a glide in their stride. They know the game Friday could be their last or the first step on a long and wonderful playoff journey.
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