Sweltering summer weather is hard to get off your mind. Especially when sweat is rolling down your back.
But the 96 degree heat did not stop the work and drills by the Sulphur Springs Wildcats Tuesday afternoon.
Players were given plenty of rest and water. They were urged to hydrate and drink water, even when they did not feel thirsty. Just to be safe.
The time in between drills was increased, to allow the players to catch their breath under the August sun.
“Tuesday was a better practice overall,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “We are still working on limited mistakes and going brain dead at times. But the effort was much better.”
The Wildcats practiced for two and half hours on Tuesday.
The main item on the agenda for Sulphur Springs is showing improvement in the scrimmage Friday in Royse City.
The first scrimmage, a loss to 3A Liberty-Eylau, pointed out several areas the Wildcats needed to work on. They have concentrated efforts this week not to make the same mistakes again.
Royse City will be hosting the scrimmage Friday. The junior varsity/freshmen begin at 5 p.m. with the varsity to start at 6:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter the season under new head coach David Petroff.
Royse City went 1-9 last year under head coach Greg Strawn. Strawn was released after posting an 8-34 record in four years.
Petroff was the defensive coordinator last season at Waco Midway and is a longtime veteran of the coaching field.
The Bulldogs feature a senior-laden team. The squad had 18 returning lettermen, including five offensive and seven defensive starters.
One of the top returning starters is linebacker Cody Faulk. Faulk had 85 tackles.
Other standouts are Bryce Wempa, Brandon Martinez, Jared Loftis and Austin DeWees.
Quarterback Jackson Watts had 880 yards rushing in 2012.
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