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Wildcats aren't pushing panic button

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    After losing at home, perhaps a road trip is what the Wildcats need to post the first varsity win of the 2013 football season.
    Sulphur Springs will play at Sherman in a non-district game set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    The Bearcats beat Little Elm 31-14 in their season opener to post a 1-0 mark.
    The Wildcats are 0-1, losing at Gerald Prim Stadium to 5A Tyler Lee by a 55-20 final.
    Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head Owens said, "We are not dejected after losing to Lee, I think we're a little ticked off. We should be. We are not down, we have been practicing well. We are not pushing the panic button just because we lost one game. We are approaching it as getting better every day. We are making adjustments. We have to see how much the players who go both ways can play and when they need a breather. We are working hard, we are not down."
    "The preparation for Sherman has been going well. We had our best two practices of the year on Monday and Tuesday," said Owens. "Sherman's identity is different than before. They don't have a gunslinger in the backfield. They have the big Mask kid."
    Trey Mask is a 6-0, 215-pound starting running back who has been described as "a beast" by some scouts. He is a senior player and has been on the varsity since he was a senior.
    Owens said, "I feel like we have been playing against him four years, at least for two. He's a big kid, he comes at you down hill. He's a big, physical kid. He gets behind his pads and comes right at you. He can be a problem behind a pretty big offensive line."
    Mask ran for 1,083 yards last year with 16 touchdowns.
    Lineman for Sherman range from 6-4, 310-pound Aaron Garza to Christian Hunt, a 6-0, 215-pound center. The group is composed of juniors and seniors with the exception of sophomore Gage Thomason, a 6-6, 285-pound guard.
    "They have big kids, they are good-looking players. They come at you at we will have our hands full with them," Owens said. "They don't have super explosive backs, but they have quickness. They have some receivers who are good players," Owens said. "But really, their identity is running. They are a 60-40 running team. "
    The coach said they use multiple formations basing from a one-back spread. The Bearcats also use two back and three back sets. They use the pistol and other looks as well.
    Owens said, "They try to get lots of people at the point of attack to create confusion and deception. They come right at you. They want a lot of bodies in the attack to get you tired. They really haven't showed a fast tempo, but they get after it."
    The Sherman defense has size with physical players.
    "We got to get them tired. We need to get them bending over and fatigued," Owens said. "They have some big guys. We have to go back to what we do and do it well. Our focus is on the opponent, but we have to take care of our business. Taking care of the little things to be a better football team. The Sherman linebackers a good and active. They have two returning cornerbacks. They have some long, rangy kids at safety. They can cover and run."
    The Bearcats are coached by Gary Kinne, a coach the Wildcats have encountered when the teams shared the same district. Kinne is 38-12 during his time at Sherman.
    "Coach Kinne's kids play hard for him," Owens said. "They will get after you. It's almost like going to a street fight. They are aggressive and tough kids. It's going to be a battle. It will always be a battle. Last year we lost to them by five, we turned the ball over too much. His (Kinne) kids executed and did what they had to do to win the game."
    Sulphur Springs came up on the short end of the 49-44 score a year ago.
    Owens said he did not know if the contest this time will be such a high-scoring affair.
    "I have no idea about this year," Owens said. "I guess if one team got hot, it might be high-scoring. We are still adjusting personnel."
    "Sherman had spring ball, so they had one scrimmage and one game," Owens said. "We've had two scrimmages and a ball game. We are progressing toward where we need to be."
    Owens said, "It just comes down bottomline to playing a ball game. We've have a two-hour bus ride up there. It will still be hot, but we have to get to the field. We had some people hurt and we have to make adjustments. The new kids have to adapt to the speed of the game. We don't want to overthink it or overcoach it. We have players who have to learn by going through the fire. We have some players who will be a game-time decision if they play Friday.”




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