That what both Sherman and Sulphur Springs are looking for when they meet today.
The game will be played at Sherman’s Bearcat Stadium.
While Sherman is 1-0 and won over Little Elm 31-14. They are No. 31 in state picked by Harris Ratings by 11 points over No. 70 Sulphur Springs.
Sulphur Springs (0-1) knows they have lots of improving to do after losing 55-20 at home to 5A Tyler Lee.
Sherman head football coach Gary Kinne will be on the sidelines for his 100th game as a head coach.
Kinne is 38-12 at Sherman, he has a 76-23 record overall.
“Anytime Sherman and Sulphur Springs play it is going to be a great game,” Kinne said. “We love competing against the best and that’s why we play opponents like Sulphur Springs and Highland Park. It is a great measuring stick for the season.”
The coach continued, “Sulphur Springs is always extremely athletic and very well-coached. I have known Coach Greg Owens for the last 15 years and his team is always tough, disciplined and very well coached. I have the greatest respect for Coach Owens as a person and colleague. I do not expect a shootout this year, as both defenses are much better.”
Sulphur Springs had their season opener and different players at new positions provided varied results.
Quarterback Larry Pryor ran for 63 yards and one score, he also completed 14 of 29 passes for 168 yards. It was the first varsity game at quarterback for the junior standout.
Willy Ivery had four carries for 61 yards and one score against Lee. Ivery turned an ankle and could miss the Sherman game.
Ivery said earlier in the week that it was tough to watch the team from the sidelines.
Parker Aguilar saw his first varsity action at quarterback. He threw for 32 yards, completing 6 of 10 passes. Mitchell DeYong snagged seven passes for 62 yards. Isaiah Lacy had six receptions. Alex Burney caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Pryor.
The Wildcat defense will be primed to stop running back Tre Mask. Mask had 239 yards and three scores in last year’s 49-44 win by the Bearcats.
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