The gentle pitter patter of rain on the sidewalk was a stark contrast from the sweat and pads popping just a few feet away in the Sulphur Springs multi-purpose building.
The Wildcats were in mid-week form going through drills with fierce determination as they got locked on the task of playing Texas High.
The Tigers and Wildcats have been involved in some noteworthy battles over recent years.
Sulphur Springs is looking for their first win in Texarkana since 1998.
“We have had good workouts. Texas High is our big rival, so the kids know what is at stake,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “Texas High is good and they will embarrass you if you don’t play well against them.”
Owens said he has been very glad to have the multi-purpose building this week so the teams can get work in despite rainy conditions.
“We haven’t missed a beat, because we have the indoor facility. We are really blessed and the place has been in use all during school and afterwards,” Owens said. “The band and drill team used it some as did soccer, tennis and other sports. During football, we got a little cramped, but we made room for freshmen, JV and varsity during after school workouts.”
Owens said, “I’m glad we have such a big, nice place to use. It fits all of our needs and really is helpful during bad weather. It’s a big advantage for us. Not every school has an indoor facility.”
The coach said he has had to turn down offers from nearby schools who were looking for a dry field or place to workout.
“I hated to do it, but I told them no,” Owens said. “They just wanted a place to get in work for upcoming games. But we have been booked up. We have the covered space, but it has not been available to other schools because we are constantly using it.”
The Wildcats and Tigers will clash Friday at Grim Park in Texarkana, dry conditions are predicted with no rain in the forecast.
“We will be ready, it’s Texas High,” Owens said. “They are our big rival because they are always relevant.”
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