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Football season over for SS

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It’s always sad to fall short of your goal.

    Especially after you invest so much time, effort and dedication into the task.
    Sulphur Springs came up short against Whitehouse, but that doesn’t make them losers.
    Sure, the scoreboard might read Whitehouse 38, Sulphur Springs 14, but that hardly tells the story of that frigid night in Forney. Or the long and successful year for the 8-4 Wildcats.
    It was fitting I guess, that the season ended with a 27-degree chill factor, playing on fake green grass with a northerly wind with icy cold rain and drizzle. I shivered for a while, even with layered clothing.
    That was a sharp contrast to the first sizzling practice during August. But in a way, the change from summer heat to winter chill, shows just how far the Wildcats have come as a team and individuals.
    Losing in the playoffs is never fun. It’s an abrupt halt that will jerk you neck around and get your attention every time. I’ve noticed that since I have been covering high school football since 1978.
    Only three times during that span, has the grid season ended happily for teams I was covering. That’s when you win state, to really celebrate you have to win the last game.
    I was fortunate enough to cover Alto during back-to-back state titles in 2006-07 in the Class 1A, Div. I ranks. Two undefeated years in a row, it was lots of fun.
    Then I was lucky enough to hop on board the 2008 Class 4A Sulphur Springs Wildcats train. That team went 14-2 and finished with the Division II state title winning 69-49 in a wild championship game.
    This year’s team, I really did not know what to expect. I knew they had talent, but I was unsure how far they could advance in the playoffs.
    The 2013 team did provide lots of thrills for fans this season. I just want to tell everyone it was a job well done.
    This team was fun to cover and it was sad to see the season end.
    I think the future is bright for the Wildcats, several key players return and help in on the way from the junior varsity.




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