The preparations have been made. The pads have been popped, the drills conducted. Now it is time to play.
Sulphur Springs and Robert E. Lee have been working toward this goal for weeks, now it is here.
Tyler Lee and Sulphur Springs collide at 7:30 p.m. in the 2013 football opener for both squads.
If the game provides half the thrills of the 2012 contest, then fans at Gerald Prim Stadium will get their money’s worth.
Sulphur Springs took a 35-34 overtime win last year. The winning play — a defensive stand by the Wildcats as the Red Raiders tried, and failed, to get a two-point conversion.
Tyler Lee head football coach Darrell Piske has already said that if the decision came up again this year, he would probably opt for the tie.
The loss last year was tough on Lee. The Red Raiders went 1-9 on the season.
The Wildcats on the other hand won the hard-fought contest and had an 8-3 year, losing in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
“I don’t know if I would go for the tie or the win. It depends on the flow of the game,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head coach. “Going for two could be right call. Last year, Lee did it I think because it was so hot and they were tired. Their best running back was out with leg cramps. So they took a chance at home.”
But that game is history now and this contest will be interesting on it’s own merit.
Many questions about each team will be answered when the contest is over.
Piske said he is looking for a good effort from his Red Raiders.
“We should be better this year. But we are young a key positions. We will have growing pains,” Piske said. “Coach Owens and his staff do a great job coaching and his kids will play with tremendous technique and heart, which will make them tough to beat. Sulphur Springs’ program is at a height we are trying to climb to. Their kids are used to winning, which gives them confidence and makes them hard to beat.”
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