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Good News, Bad News -- Coaches evaluate first grid action in scrimmage

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The varsity football scrimmage Saturday with Henderson ended more or less as a draw.

But yet Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens says reasons for both joy and concern.

“It was a typical first scrimmage,” Owens said of the action at Gerald Prim Stadium. “That’s what you expect, it was sloppy. Defensively we started out really good- confident and all that. As we got into the game part of it, we got lazy and sloppy. We did not keep containment. Henderson have a very athletic quarterback. If you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, he can make you look silly. I thought we played OK defensively. Offensively we had moments where did good things. We had some touchdowns called back because of holds and other penalties. I was really disappointed with us not taking care of the ball. We can’t win games when you put the ball on the ground. That kind of upset me, the blocking was OK.”

Owens continued, “The good thing is we got a lot of players on video, we can evaluate now. Probably the greatest teaching tool their is video. We’ll get these kids in, show them what we are talking about  and it’s like this every year. We should improve by leaps and bounds. That’s why we scrimmage.”

Bryant (Day Day) Jackson had two scores, one which counted. Colton Lee saw his first varsity action as quarterback this year. Shane McQueen, a returning all-district reciever, not only caught the ball for big gains, but also ran some from the backfield. Garrett Ferguson and LeMarcus Kendricks also had some catches to move the sticks and get first downs against the Lions. Mistakes, such as interceptions by the first and second teams also negated  drives.

“Next week we scrimmage Terrell, we should look a lot more crisper. We’re have another week under our belt,” Owens said. “We understand as coaches, what we need to do an evaluate. Henderson did not line up and whip us on the line. We need to work on the scramble drill on defense, Offensively, we killed ourselves we did not execute. We got to be consistent. I can tell more from the video when we get to it.”

When you  first start it a little nervous. Nobody got injured, that’s another big plus for us.”

Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan said, “It was a good first scrimmage. Scrimmages are usually not good for offense, especially the way we run our offense. We have to slow it down. Bryant and Ferguson had touchdown catches, Kendricks had a big day. Shane is a huge threat out of the backfield. We have some things we have to execute. We have some assignments missed, had guys with nerves in their first varsity action. When the nerves got calmed we moved the ball. We had two fumbles and the interceptions. We are further along that I thought we would be. The turnovers won’t happen in the regular season. Colton Lee made some big throws, Alvin Frazier made a big catch. Up front was pretty good, the  need to go whistle to whistle and stay on their blocks, but it was pretty positive.”

The defense for Sulphur Springs came out strong making some big hits early to set the tone of scrimmage which was help with the Lions and Wildcats using No. 1 starters against each other.

“I was happy with the energy,” said defensive coordinator Matt Young. “We got a lot of little things to clean-up. As far as people knowing where to line-up and run to the ball I was pleased with what I saw. We got probably 35 guys on the field and there’s a positive to each one of them. First scrimmage, I was happy I saw good plays from Taz Owsley, Jocko Spataro, Joe Scott and others. All the little things we were pleased and we can make corrections off the video.”

The Wildcats will begin practices after school this week due to in-service days by coaches.

Sulphur Springs scrimmages Terrell Friday in the final warm-up of the year. The season starts for the defending state champions Aug. 28 in Paris.




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