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Wildcats in Senior Night game tonight

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When Sulphur Springs and Marshall collide in football action tonight, it will be more than just a football game at Gerald Prim Stadium.
    It’s Senior Night and memories made during this game will last  forever.


    For a good example of the lasting impression of this special night — just ask Greg Owens, head football coach for the Wildcats.
    Not only did Owens play for the Wildcats, he now coaches them. He also has been through the experience of seeing his own son, Justin, compete in this meaningful finale home game.
    “I remember as a player, picking off a fourth quarter pass against Hallsville on Senior Night in 1985 to help seal a Wildcats victory and a berth in the playoffs,” Owens said. “It was the most phenomenal play ever made in Prim Stadium, as I
remember it! The older your get the better you were and certain plays just go to another level and take on a whole new meaning.”
    The ironic part of that game is that Hallsville was then coached by Dwayne McMeans. McMeans later coached at Sulphur Springs and  currently serves as an administrative assistant at Sulphur Springs High School.
    Owen  said, “Senior Night is a very special night. It’s one last time on your home field - ‘The Prim” one more guaranteed game with all your childhood buddies. It’s a rush of emotions from families about where the time has gone.”
    Owens continues, “The hope of making an amazing play that will be remembered for a lifettime. It’s a beautiful cool, fall evening of high school football in your hometown.”
    The game will be important in the district standings. Sulphur Springs is 6-3 overall, 3-1 in district. Marshall is 3-6, 2-2 in district. Both teams have playoff berths secured. The opponent is yet to be determined, based on the outcome of other games.
    It will be the first playoff berth for Marshall since 2010.
    Sulphur Springs has made the playoffs seven consecutive seasons. The Wildcats are 28-point favorite in the game against Marshall.
    Sulphur Springs rolls into the 14-4A finale as the No. 1 ranked offense. The Wildcats are scoring 43 points and putting up 504.6 yards per game. In the last two district wins, the Wildcats have rolled up more than 700 yards of total offense.
    Willy Ivery leads the district in rushing yardage (1,229) and scoring with 158 points.
    Quarterback Larry Pryor has thrown for 2,121 yards completing 63 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.

 

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