This could be a big game for determining the direction of the Wildcats this football season.
Yes, both sets of Wildcats.
Paris and Sulphur Springs collide at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in Paris.
The teams are both licking their wounds after getting off to 1-2 starts. Not exactly where they want to be at this point in the year.
Last week, the squads faced state-ranked foes and come up on the short end of lopsided scores.
Sulphur Springs lost their homecoming game to No. 5 ranked Whitehouse, 61-22. Paris fell 53-7 to No. 3 state-ranked Argyle.
“We are both in need of a win. We are going to ask the kids to bounce back again and give us a good effort. They need to be focused on the game and we have shown improvement,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach.
Sulphur Springs started the year with a 55-20 loss to 5A Tyler Lee, but bounced back in the next game to defeat Sherman on the road, 34-14.
The Harris Rating Weekly has Sulphur Springs a nine-point favorite on the road against 3A Paris.
Playing 4A teams is pretty common for Paris. The squad is the third 4A program they have faced this year.
“Sulphur Springs presents a great challenge for us,” said Steven Hohenberger, first year Paris head football coach. “We have played top teams early on and both of our losses are to teams that are currently 6-0 combined. We feel this will prepare us for the district race.”
Hohenberger continued, “Playing teams and programs like Sulphur Springs are what we want at Paris. Coach Owens and his staff do a great job preparing and playing the game the way it should be. We are striving to build a program like the one Coach Owens has done at Sulphur Springs.”
Paris features the third ranked passer in District 13-3A in Quez Allen. The sophomore has completed 25 of 50 passes for 290 yards. Allen is also the leading rusher with 135 yards.
Sulphur Springs quarterback Larry Pryor is fourth in District 14-4A with 52 completions from 87 attempts for 539 yards. Alex Burney and Isaiah Lacy have 13 catches each. Willy Ivery has 159 yards rushing, 7.2 yards a carry.
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