Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens has been around long enough to know that any team can be dangerous.
That’s why Owens is leary of the opponent this week, non-district 3A foe Paris.
“We started out flat this week on Monday’s practice. So Tuesday, we created a competitive situation in practice and got some good work done. We have a good spirited workout. We have to be ready and take care of our business or Paris will beat us. They have done it before. Our job is to get the players ready.”
Sulphur Springs collides with Paris at Wildcat Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Paris.
Owens said he could not tell how much carry over remained from the team’s 61-22 home loss to Whitehouse.
“The players have been kind of quiet this week,” Owens said. “I don’t know if they are still hurting from losing to Whitehouse. It is hard to read. We were sloppy early during our Monday workout, but we got better. Tuesday was a much better practice.”
The Paris Wildcats (1-2) the No. 45 ranked Class 3A team in the state. Sulphur Springs (1-2) is the No. 50 team in Class 4A and picked to win Friday by nine points on the road.
Last year, Sulphur Springs won over Paris by a 42-19 score.
“Paris is not a rival like before, mainly since they are 3A and we’re 4A,” Owens said. “Because of our numbers and injuries. We have the roster right now of a big Class 3A program. Usually when a 3A and 4A meet, you can tell the difference in the depth.”
Owens said, “We are working hard to improve. We have lots of things we need to do better than we did against Whitehouse. Our defense held Whitehouse for a while, but they are a good team and made big plays. Offensively. we have to make more plays, get first downs so we can continue to drive down the field and score. This helps our defense stay off the field. Against Whitehouse, we put our defense in the point of having to defend for too many plays. Whitehouse made the plays to win, that is what good teams do.”
“We know we are a work in progress, but we are running out time,” Owens said. “We need to have some urgency. We’re 1-2 and we have been here before. We want to play well against Paris.”
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