DUNCANVILLE — After the smoke and the sweat all cleared, Sulphur Springs finished in second place.
When Sulphur Springs coach Charlie Coker and his band of seven participants left the Texas Lineman Challenge Wednesday in Duncanville they were disappointed after finishing fourth. But a little work on arithmetic and adjusting scores based on penalties against Sulphur Springs which were overruled made the finish order change. The Wildcats moved into position to get not only a team trophy, but individual hardware.
Final 4A totals
1. Huntsville, 260
2. Sulphur Springs, 244
3. Everman, 226
4. Waco Midway, 225
“I did not want to make a fuss, but one coach told me he would adjust the times on an event and he didn’t,” Coker said. “The times were adjusted to reflect the correct totals and now we will be getting trophies and individual medals. I wish they had gotten it right while everyone was there at the meet.”
Sulphur Springs also got second in the Lineman Challenge in 2008.
“We had a pretty good showing this year,” Coker said. “Still, to finish second in the state is pretty good.”
Part of the problem in the event was the wrong time being entered in the tire flip for Sulphur Springs.
“I knew we smoked everybody in that event. We had the best time,” Coker said. “But we first got a penalty, then they told us they took off the penalty, but did not remove it from the main scorebook.”
That’s when the mistakes started that made Sulphur Springs think they had finished fourth, not second.
Senior offensive lineman Mason Y’Barbo uses the event to train the upcoming football season.
“It’s competition, a friendly competition,” Y’Barbo said with a smile. “Some of the events will wear you out. But it is still fun.”
Sulphur Springs won the tire flipping contest with a team time of 1 minute, 45.34 seconds.
Beau Carpenter was the fourth place finisher overall from individual competition with 363 points. He had 21 reps for 71 points in the bench press (tied sixth) ; a time of 5.31 for 63 points in the sled drag; he second in the farmer’s walk in 6.05 for 73 points; in sandbag loading he had 47 points from a time of 31.6 seconds and he threw the medicine ball 29 feet, 8 inches for 37 points.
Sulphur Springs took 10th in truck push with a time of 13.3 seconds.
In the bench press, Y’Barbo was tied for ninth with 18 reps. Fred Gilstrap had 18 reps and Tyler Halerumal turned in 11 reps.
Fred Gilstrap topped the team with a 20th place tie with a time of 5.28 in the sled drag. Carpenter had a time of 5.31 and Y’Barbo turned in a time of 5.44; Jimmy Villa, 5.58; Chris Sorley, 5.62.
In the sled pull, Villa was 10th with a time of 8.25; Y’Barbo had a time of 9.03; Halerumal, 10.18; Sorley, 10.75. Times from the farmer’s walk include Gilstrap, 7.26; Y’Barbo, 7.46; Halerumal, 7.7; Sorley, 14.25. In sandbag loading, Beau Carpenter, 31.6; Y’Barbo, 31.99; Kedrick Dial, 32.38; Halerumal, 33.519; medicine ball toss, Dial, 29-9; Carpenter, 29-8; Gilstrap, 27-6; Y’Barbo, 26-11; Halerumal, 23-9.
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