The first day of the second week of football practice did not exactly impress Wildcats head football coach Greg Owens.
“We look like we are fighting though the mental part of practice,” Owens said. “We showed up tired looking. We are over the excitement of getting pads Friday. Now we are adjusting. I expected a better day.”
Owens then dealt with players begin late for the 8 a.m. practice. The coach is trying to get his team in shape for the upcoming football season.
Again this week, Sulphur Springs varsity and junior varsity participants were greeted by an early morning breeze.
The Wildcats practice outdoors to around 11 a.m. then they move indoors. Once in the indoor facility they work on other drills or lift weights.
Owens said 175 players are participating in football for grades 9-12.
The freshmen practice has been beginning around 9 a.m. The ninth grades have worked out on the outdoor field.
“We need to bounce around more,” Owens exclaimed. “You are training your mind.”
The Wildcats play at a fast tempo on both offense and defense.
The Sulphur Springs offense used six run plays in a row during a hurry up offensive drill. Larry Pryor and Parker Aguilar were seeing work at quarterback. Running backs were Tim Monk, Traylon Duffey and Willy Ivery.
The offense then worked on screens and 7-on-7 drills. The defense worked or pass defending drills.
Offensive lineman, in pads for the second practice, went through drills on the blocking sled. They also used a large mental frame or chute to block while also keeping low in formation under the watchful eye of position coach Jeremy Offutt.
The Wildcats will begin afternoon drills Thursday at 3 p.m.
Sulphur Springs is preparing for the first of two road scrimmages. They take on Liberty-Eylau Friday at 7 p.m. and trek to Royse City for a 7 p.m. matchup on Aug. 23.
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