SSHS comes back from scrimmage without additional injuries
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

August 24, 2004 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats returned from Arp on Saturday with the same number of kids they took there.

That means no one had to visit the hospital before they came home, which is always one the bright spot for any scrimmage.

The Wildcats scored four times to none for Whitehouse, but that doesn't mean there weren't at least a few scary moments for the Sulphur Springs fandom.

Already down one offensive guard because of an automobile accident, the Wildcats saw big lineman Chris Berry (6-2, 350) turn an ankle, but he returned to action on the next series. Free safety Keenan Clayton also came off the field after a hard collision, but returned just a few plays later.

Other than the normal bumps and bruises, there weren't any other injuries of consequence.

Senior Zane Attaway, who suffered a collision in an automobile accident last week, was held out of the scrimmage and is questionable for Friday's season opener.

The Wildcats will open the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Jacksonville at Texas A&M-Commerce's Memorial Stadium.

Memorial Stadium, located at the northwest corner of the university's campus, has stands only on the home side, so both teams' fans will be on the same side of the field. Sulphur Springs is the home team and will be wearing the home uniforms.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at Sulphur Springs High School, or they can be purchased at the gate.

SSHS head coach Brad Turner said that now the Whitehouse scrimmage is behind them, the Wildcats can focus solely on Jacksonville, which has a lot of speed, as usual.

"We've already been looking at Jacksonville's defense and offense," Turner said. "Going into the scrimmage, you want to have your mind on what they're doing, but you don't really spend a lot of time preparing for it. Now, we can gameplan for Jacksonville."

After watching Jacksonville outscore Class 3A Carthage, two touchdowns to none, this weekend, Turner said he saw they have a lot of team speed on both offense and defense.

"Defensively, they play a lot of man coverage. They're either man or man-free. The down side of that is if they're running man coverage, you're probably going to get a big dose of blitz," he explained. "They're pretty quick up front, so the question is can our big boys pick 'em up."

On the front line, it will be Sulphur Springs' size against Jacksonville's quickness. The Wildcat front line of Jose Vargas, Chris Berry, Jacob Jenkins, Cole Strawn and Wes Woods averages over 265 pounds.

Offensively, the Indians run a multiple set that Turner best describes as a wing-T. They don't throw much, but they like to run the option and get their speed on the perimeter.

"We've got to tackle better," Turner said. "We need to contain them and make them do things they don't want to do."

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