Sulphur Springs has a target on their back and they just hope that bulls eye isn’t struck by a cannon as in K.D. Cannon top threat for Mount Pleasant.
The Wildcats are the pick to repeat as District 14-4A champions. Last year, Sulphur Springs was undefeated in district .
The Wildcats and Tigers both open district play tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium.
Cannon is the biggest weapon for the Tigers. The 6-1 wide receiver has 37 receptions for 631 yards (17.1 average) and nine touchdowns. He is also a top returning star, averaging 33 yards per kickoff return. He has a 95- yard return to his credit this year.
“I think that we have had a pretty good week of practice. We need to just make sure that we approach this game with a chip on our shoulder that we can’t rid ourselves of Cannon,” said Triston Abron, Sulphur Springs defensive coordinator. “He is one of the top recruits in the state that has already committed to Baylor. He is a phenomenal athlete that makes big plays. The kids understand that the first five games could have ended 5-0 or 0-5, and it means nothing in regards to these next five district games.”
Sulphur Springs has their own firepower and lead the district in offense averaging 444.6 yards and 39 points per game.
Willy Ivery is second in rushing in the district with 508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Larry Pryor is completing more than 64 percent of his passes and has thrown for close to 1,100 yards. Top receivers are Alex Burney with 26 grabs and Isaiah Lacy with 22 receptions.
“I am looking forward to seeing how we come out after our bye week. Hopefully we can pick up where we left out and take another step forward,” said Matt Young, Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator. “Mount Pleasant is playing extremely fast defensively and are very good going after the ball when it is in the air. As always, the first district ball game is a big one. It is important to win every game. We are all trying to open with a win.”
Mart Graham, Mount Pleasant head football coach had these comments, “I have the greatest respect for Greg (Owens, Sulphur Springs head coach), he is a great coach and person. We both have been hit with injuries hard this year. Big difference is SS has been able to overome them and we have not made it yet. We have had a good week of practice and our kids are stepping up and I expect it to be a great game. I have told my kids all week they will have to play their best to beat Sulphur Springs.”
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