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Wildcats 'look good' first week of football drills

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It was an eventful week for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats.

 

The team learned that the last practice day of the week, Friday (wearing pads), under a 97-degree heat index was more demanding than the week began. Monday, was like a dream or an old football movie. It was partly cloudy and cool, the first practices took place under 86-degree weather and a gentle breeze.

Friday, which also featured a spirited intra-squad scrimmage, was more like the seasonal weather which beats down fans and players alike. But still 16 vehicles were parked near the practice field filled with fans eager to see the action of the state champions.

Friday, first day in pads for the Wildcats, was a new experience to some on the varsity level.

“It wasn’t a great day, but it was okay” said Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens. “I did not expect a great day. The bigfest thing is getting used to pad.They got accustomed to wearing pads again and moving around. When you have pads you’re carrying around more weight. It gets hotter for you.  But you do more hitting. But you have to get used to the weight or  you are on your back on t he sidelines.

The coach continued, “Our defense is way ahead of the offense, which is to be expected. Our offense works better in a game setting where we can get the defense tired.”

The coach continued, “The intra-squad scrimmage was not bad. The ball hit the ground too many times. We missed some assignments on the offensive line, that’s got to get fixed. It was better than average. We had about 60 plays overall, 30-35 were varsity ones and twos and the rest was the junior varsity.”

Owens said the players who participated in “The Edge” conditioning drills were ahead of the others who had not been working out.

“‘The Edge’ made the players in good shape and you can still see that. The other ones are trying to catch up. We are still running way too many gassers. Overall I’d say 85 percent of the team is in good shape,” Owens said.

After offensive and defensive drills in pads, work was also done on special teams. While Fernando Arellano returns as the place kicker, it is still open competition for the punter and punt return jobs.

“It’s slow. We have been lined up kickoff formation and talked about landmarks. We’ve worked with punters and snappers. Arellano has  been  working on his kicking, it’s all he does. We’re still looking for a punter. It’s the same way every year, we never seem to have a returning punter. Because we quick kick so much our quarterbacks all know how to punt. We are also looking for other guys to step in and punt for long distance, like Colton Nash did for us last year. I think leading candidates are Shane McQueen, Sharrad Timmons. I’d rather have an offensive guy back there he knows what is going on. We run a lot of fakes and everything.”

Sulphur Springs has a home Saturday scrimmage against Henderson. The Lions have 17 players back from a team which went 1-9 last year under head coach Dickey Meeks.

“We’re coming out and having two workouts a day in pads,” Owens said. “Since we have a scrimmage Saturday. We will be smart about it, just go hard three days. We get tired of hitting each other after a while. Then we’ll be ready to see Henderson.”

 

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