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Wildcats, Lions scrimmage Saturday

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If you’re tired of watching highlights and are ready for some live football, then Gerald Prim Stadium will be the location Saturday for the opening  gridiron action of 2009.

It will be the first time a Sulphur Springs team has touched the field since their historic 69-49 win over Dayton in the Class 4A Division II state championship game back in December in the Alamodome.

The scrimmage opponent will be the Henderson Lions. Varsity action starts at 9 a.m. With the junior varsity and ninth grade to follow at 11:30 a.m. It’s not a game, but it will be a scrimmage and follow those rules.

“Henderson needed a scrimmage and we were tired of hitting each other in practice, so it seemed like a good fit,” said Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens.

The coach continued, “We’re trying to knock some of the rust off, that’s the first thing we are trying to accomplish. We’re excited about playing somebody else, it’s more like a game. We got some young kids were are trying to break in and see how they perform. Some are new to Friday night football, we want to get them ready for varsity football. It will give us some good video to grade. We want to evaluate where we are and make this look like a polished product.”

Owens said positions on the football team get settled more every day in practice. Sulphur Springs begins the year with 27 returning lettermen from the 14-2 state championship squad. The Wildcats have six starters back on both sides of the ball.

Players returning include mountainous offensive linemen in the form of Beau Carpenter (6-6, 250) and Mason Y’Barbo (6-2, 280), Colby Suggs, (6-0, 220). Top receivers for Lee will include Shane McQueen, (5-10, 165) Bryant “Day Day” Jackson (6-3, 195), Sharard Timmons,( 6-2, 170) and Garrett Ferguson, (5-8, 160) with Colton Lee (6-3, 170) at quarterback. The defense will be led by spirited linebacker Tyler Higginbotham, (6-0, 210) who recorded 180 tackles along with defensive end Kedrick Dial, (6-6, 240), he had 19 QB pressures and seven sacks. Jackson, a UT-pledge had 100 tackles on defense with five picks, he could also be used to return punts. Defensive back Triston Crook, had 92 tackles and got better as the year went on.

Henderson comes into the game as a team picked last by Dave Campbell’s Football magazine as they compete in district 14-4A. They have 17 starters and 23 lettermen back from a 1-9 team under head coach Dickey Meeks. The Lions have six offensive and six defensive starters back.

Top offensive threat will be quarterback Tyrell Jenkins who completed 136-of-274 passes for 1,735 yards and 12 scores last season.

Leader on the defensive for the Lions is 5-9, 235-pound Corey Fletcher. Fletcher had 50 tackles during his sophomore season. Cord Fletcher, Corey’s brother, had 49 tackles.

Owens continued, “It was be good see our new quarterback Colton Lee and we have young receivers. We’re excited about our defense, we have been flying around. It will be a big challenge with Henderson coming to town. They’re going to be pretty athletic. They’re young, but they have good athletes, some who can take it to the house. I’m excited for the kids because this is a measuring stick for us.”

Meeks wants to get his Lions in winning form for the season as well. Meeks, who coached Chapel Hill to a state title in 1989, enters the year with a 198-154-6 career record.

The Meeks vs. Owens encounter is nothing new for the coaching match-up. Both will use a wide-open spread attack. Henderson will use an odd defense while Sulphur Springs operates from a 4-3 attack.

“I have coached against Meeks’ teams a lot from when I was at Lindale. He’s been an innovator, kind of on the edge with the passing game and everything,” Owens said. “He likes to do tricks to keep you off guard. His teams are always very well-coached. They will find a weakness and put you in a bind. This is a little different since we’re in a scrimmage, we expect them to be in a base set offensively and defensively. They have some talent.”

Owens continued, “We won’t draw up a bunch of wild plays, but we do what we do. We will are working on our screen game, our downfield passing. The pass pro and heavy focus on our running game. Our kids know what to do, we want to be fundamentally sound as far as blocking and pass protection.  We are going to slip some young players in and let them see what it is like. We varsity will probably go two to two and half hours, it will let us see what it is all about. The heat should not be too bad since we’re starting early.”

SPECIAL NOTE — Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students at the scrimmage.

The funds collected will go to the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors Benevolence fund under the name of “Our Day to Shine.”

The project has raised over $45,000 for athletes and coaches with special needs and the Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund. Varsity scrimmage schedule

9 a.m. (Gerald Prim Stadium)

Sulphur Springs  defense vs. Henderson offense            15 - 1's; 10 - 2's                            Sulphur Springs offense vs. Henderson  defense            15-1’s;10 - 2's                            Sulphur Springs defense vs. Henderson offense            10 - 1's   (Free to Blitz)                        10 - 2's

Sulphur Springs  offense vs. Henderson defense            10 - 1’s  (Free to Blitz)

10 - 2's in game situation.

Kicking game                            5 - Sulphur Springs punt block vs. Henderson punt

5 - Sulphur Springs punt vs. Henderson punt block            5 - Sulphur Springs PAT/FG Block vs. Henderson PAT/FG         5 - Sulphur Springs PAT/FG vs. Henderson PAT/FG Block

Live half - running clock, fair catch punts, Live PAT/FG,

Ball starts on the 30.

JV/9th grade schedule

11:30 a.m.

9th and JV back to back on game field

9th grade

40 plays - Sulphur Springs defense vs. Henderson offense

40 plays - Sulphur Springs offense vs. Henderson defense

(10 - 1's; 10 - 2's; 10 - 3's;10 - 1's)

Junior varsity

40 plays - Sulphur Springs  offense vs. Henderson defense

40 plays - Sulphur Spring  defense vs. Henderson offense        (15 - 1's; 15 - 2's; 10 - 1's)

Sulphur Springs will wear blue varsity jerseys, the JV will wear white jerseys with the Wildcat freshmen in gold jerseys




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