It might be a bitter pill to swallow, losing to a district rival by a one-sided score, but it can still be an education for players.
While the Wildcats fell 43-7, they still have some bright spots in the loss to 14-4A football power Texas High.
Linebacker Dedric Smith had 12 total tackles to lead the chart. Barry Stribling added 10 total from eight solo tackles and two assists as the only other tackler in double digits.
Zach Spigner and Garret Hood added seven each and Dekeiston Mosley added six tackles and Parker Aguilar turned in five tackles. Cain Cody and Alex Burney had four tackles each. Dallas Dannheim had three and one for a loss. Turning in two each were Melroy Givens, Carson Hicks, Bryton Wood and John McLarry. Derrick Weeks and Jaylon Hawkins had one each. Mosley added a fumble recovery.
“Friday was a learning experience for us defensively. We have to play great defense at all times, and that starts with the preparation through the week. I didn't think that we had the best week of practice and it showed Friday night,” said Triston Abron, Sulphur Springs defensive coordinator. “They (Texas High) had a great scheme for us, but the in-game adjustments that we made should have diverted them to other areas, but because we played with bad technique in areas, and weren't reading proper keys, it put us in a bind.”
While playing conditions were not idea on the slick and muddy grass, the coach discounted the field as reason for a poor showing.
Abron said, “We would not allow the defense to use the playing surface as an excuse. My thoughts on that is, your opponent has to overcome the same obstacle that you are facing.”
The coach added, “We have to learn from our mistakes and use them for our advantage the remainder of the season.”
The Wildcats fortunately came out of the game without any major injuries.
Sulphur Springs will face Hallsville Friday night in another key district game at Gerald Prim Stadium.
The Wildcats are 4-3, 1-1 while Hallsville is 5-2, 2-0.
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