The first day of football practice was without drama or suspense. Or even stiffling heat.
Everyone was where they were supposed to be and all looked good according to Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens.
That was welcome as the gentle southwesterly breeze which crossed the practice field.
Owens said the attendance Monday was close his 175 estimate. That number is for all players on high school on the ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity football teams.
“It’s the first day, it is really hard to tell much,” Owens said. “We worked outside until about 10:30 and then went inside to work on some other things.”
Owens told the group they were running behind schedule because it was the first day.
“Tomorrow we will be on the field at 8 a.m.,” Owens said. “You’d better find a ride and be on time.”
The junior varsity and varsity were greeted at 8:05 a.m. with 81 degree temperatures on the well-maricured practice fields.
The freshmen started off inside the multi-purpose building, but came outside around 9:20 a.m. A portion of the indoor facility was used by the Blue Blazes drill team. The group leaves for camp Tuesday.
The football action was spirited as the groups broke in drills by positions after gettting loose.
Defensive coordinator Triston Aborn was in mid-season intensity reminding players to recover fumbles. Abron said, “We want to get the ball. That’s how we get off the field. We must win third down!”
Coach Kurt McCain turned to the group of defenders he was coaching and said, “Turnovers. That’s what it is all about.”
Practices continue 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. each day. Pads are issued Friday.
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