“I was pleased with the way our kids competed,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “We still have a long way to go – too many little mistakes, dropped balls, sloppy routes at times, lack of discipline in some coverages. But overall our kids got after it. We will just get better with more time and experience. This is a very important summer for us – we must get our timing down and work well together on communication and meshing together as a group.”
The Wildcats took third in the Gilmer event.
Sulphur Springs lost to Lindale, 25-13; defeated Spring Hill, 53-6; won over Daingerfield, 45-42 and lost to Gilmer, 25-23.
“We went 2-2. We won our bracket, and lost in the semifinals to Gilmer. I think our defense set the tone and played a great 7-on-7 tournament. The offense was a little streaky. When we were on, we couldn't be stopped, but when we were off a little or having balls dropped, we didn't move it successfully. This was the first tournament of the year, and we have a lot of new faces on offense, so I look for us to continue to improve. The kids competed extremely hard, and beat some good teams in Daingerfield and Spring Hill,” said Jeff Riordan, offensive coordinator. “We took over 80 athletes to Gilmer and they all got tons of reps and got much better. We go to Garland Lakeview this week, and there will be a lot of talented teams to compete against, we should do well. Colton Lee was very good. He gets better everyday. Lemarcus Kendricks and Bryant Jackson were outstanding on defense and offense. Shane McQueen was excellent on the deep ball, Garrett Ferguson was consistent and made some plays.”
The Wildcats scrimmage everything Thursday with Paris/Gilmer/Commerce. The June 4 scrimmage is a Gilmer and the June 18 scrimmage is at Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats will compete Saturday in the Garland Lakeview Centennial event and June 20 at Tyler Lee with times to be announced later.
“Playing 7-on-7 gives the players lots of confidence and a lot of reps,” Owens said. “It develops teamwork, leadership. We will take 45-50 players to Garland Saturday.”
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