District play begins Friday and Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens knows that slow and steady will win the 14-4A race.
While the next five games are the most important contests of the year and will determine a playoff berth, the Wildcats have a routine and enjoy working within the framework of that structure.
The Wildcats, as they have done during the year, took their work indoors and did their practice in the comfortable confines of the multi-purpose building.
Owens said it is easier to hear and communicate to the players while they are indoors.
“Great practice. Monday was a game plan insertion day - like every Monday,” Owens said. “The kids were focused and ready to start district play.”
The opponent this week, the opening game of District 14-4A play, is rivals Mount Pleasant.
Last year in Mount Pleasant, the Wildcats scored a 71-65 record-setting win over the Tigers in a shootout.
At that time, the 71 points scored by Sulphur Springs was a school record for an individual game.
Buddy Ivery also set the single game rushing record for Sulphur Springs last year against Mount Pleasant. Ivery had 309 yards on 24 carries. The Wildcats had 717 yards of total offense.
Earlier this season, the Wildcats put up 77 points in their 77-65 win over Corsicana.
Reports from Mount Pleasant have the team limping into district with several key injuries.
Sulphur Springs is relatively healthy, with some players back from earlier injuries. A few are yet to join the starting lineup.
Both teams begin district play with 3-2 record in five non-district contests played earlier in the year.
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