The Sulphur Springs are still dusting off the cobwebs from a bye week as they prepare for the district opener.
Mount Pleasant is looming on the horizon as the 14-4A opening foe Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium.
“We are coming off a bye week and I am concerned about our focus,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “It’s the start of district and a big game. But we are still getting back into our form after a week off. We have not shown 100 percent focus in practice so far this week.”
Mount Pleasant and Sulphur Springs clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. at home. The Wildcats are favored by 17 points by the Harris Rating Service.
The Tigers and Wildcats both went 3-2 in non-district action.
Sulphur Springs is riding a two-game winning streak coming in with momentum from wins over Paris and Corsicana.
Mount Pleasant dropped their last two to Kilgore and Atlanta.
“They got physically beat up and lost to Kilgore then fell to a good Atlanta team,” Owens said. “They’ve lost several starters to injuries.”
Owens said, “It’s time for us to play well at home and be focused against Mount Pleasant. We are still looking for our first home win. The teams we’ve lost to at home, Lee and Whitehouse, had something to do with the outcome.”
The Wildcats have three of their final five district games at home.
Sulphur Springs hosts Mount Pleasant on Friday. After that they entertain Hallsville on Oct. 25 and host Marshall on Nov. 8 at home.
“We made it through the first five games,” Owens said. “Now the schedule is kind of flipped in favor of home games. We have to take care of our business and play well at home. Our defense has a challenge of stopping Mount Pleasant and K.D. Cannon this week. Our offense needs to continue to execute our game plan.”
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