The first day of school was a slower pace at grid practice for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats.
“The kids had been in classes all day, sitting in the air conditioning. Then they had to come to practice, it was a little slower than usual,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “That’s all part of a new year. The players have to get acclimated to the schedule.”
Owens said that during the school year practice for the varsity and junior varsity players will be 4-6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday practice is shortened to 4-5:30 p.m.
The Wildcats have big chore ahead of them as they open the season Friday at home against Robert E. Lee.
The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium.
“Having the first game at home is really special,” Owens said. “It’s good for us to have a home opener. A lot of preparation goes into getting everything ready. But it’s good.”
Owens said, “A whole lot of people put in time and work to get ready for the game, not just the football team. The game is like the centerpiece of the night. People in lots of different groups have been working to get ready for this game. I appreciate all the work they do to help others enjoy the game and the community support.”
Owens thoughts then turned to the sizzling August weather.
Weather predictions have day time high temperatures over 100 degrees this week.
“The rest of this week is forecast to be really hot. Friday might be the hottest day of the summer,” Owens said. “We are prepared to keep the players hydrated and give them breaks when we can. The game is at night and it’s cooling down. But it will still be hot.”
Owens added, “We are working to get ready. We are all excited about the first game of the year. I think we will have good, fast workouts as we get ready for Tyler Lee.”
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