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Wildcats open 7-on-7 season

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    That’s the sound of the lightning quick action of 7-on-7.

    The season started Monday with the Wildcats hosting several teams from Gilmer.
    Games were played for both high school and middle school teams in the multi-purpose building and the outdoor practice fields.
    More than 140 Sulphur Springs athletes took part in the event.
    “I didn’t even keep score. My focus last night was watching our kids perform against some top competition,” said coach Matt Young. “I also spent a lot of the night watching our younger kids compete. I was pleased with Cain Cody, Isaiah Lacy and Mitchell DeYong catching the football. I like the attitude and tempo our kids played with but also know we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be.”
    Gilmer provided tough competition as the 3A Buckeyes are again loaded with talent.
    Young added, “I have not had a chance to evaluate the quarterbacks. The few snaps I saw, I was pleased. Being our first outing versus an opponent and for our baseball kids their first 7-on-7 action of the spring.”
     “I felt like our first outing was very good. Our kids played hard and competed well against a very talented Gilmer group,” said Greg Owens, Wildcats head football coach. “Gilmer was defeated in the state championship game last year with a strong group of freshmen and sophomores. Our goal with 7-on-7 is to let our kids get a ton of reps-throwing, catching, and defending.”
    Owens continued, “One main aspect I like about the process is that kids coach themselves - they have to learn how to make adjustments to the opponent's schemes. I think it helps develop leadership among our players. We have a very challenging schedule against some very good people, which will only make us better. We are very young and need playing time.”
    Sulphur Springs will take all teams to Gilmer for tournament action Saturday.




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