The Wildcats are hoping that the change in scene and opponents will give them a burst of energy in today’s scrimmage.
Sulphur Springs football players, grades 9-12, have been pounding on each other for a while. Now they get a shot at the Leopards.
“We’re glad to be going up against somebody new. Liberty-Eylau always has good athletes, they will be a test for us,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “We just need to get more kids on film and see where we are and what adjustments need to be made. After we play Liberty-Eylau we’ll have a good idea of what we need to work on.”
Sulphur Springs will scrimmage at Liberty-Eylau today at Harris Field in Texarkana. The ninth grade/junior varsity will begin at 5 p.m. with 40 plays each for the offense and defense. The varsity teams take the field at 6:30 p.m.
The squads will alternate offense and defense. Liberty-Eylau will begin on offense against the Sulphur Springs defense for 12 plays with starters and 12 plays with No. 2s; then it will switch to the Wildcats on offense against the Liberty-Eylau defense, 12 plays for starters and 12 for No. 2s.
Teams will have five PAT/field goals on their own end of the field. Then will be five L-E punts vs. Sulphur Springs punt block and five Wildcat punt vs. the Leopard punt block.
The varsity scrimmage will end with a 30-minute running clock with stops only for scores, change of possessions, penalties and special teams. Possessions begin on the 30-yard line. Their will be no rush on points after punts will be fair caught. Turnovers will be dead balls with no returns.
Liberty-Eylau will use a pistol formation on offense with some H back, using a variety of running plays.
“Liberty-Eylau is not a spread team. They play from the pistol formation,” Owens said. “We expect them to try to run the ball right at us.”
On defense, both teams have agreed to limit edge blitzing. The L-E defense will be a 4-2-5 with one high safety or a 4-3 with two safeties.
Owens said, “Our kids just need live action. They need snaps. I don’t really know what kind of team will be have yet, it is too early and people are getting injured. We have a least six players who will not play due to injuries. We’ll have some young pups on the field who have not taken a snap on Friday night.”
The Wildcats had their first afternoon practice of the year with players working out under humid conditions with temperatures in the upper 80s for two hours.
Sulphur Springs got some good work done according to Owens.
“We worked more on special teams. I think our kicking game is ahead a little of where it usually is this time of year,” Owens said. “We’re looking pretty good.”
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