Battle for the Jug: White team outscores Blue Birds in intrasquad scrimmage
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 24, 2004 -- For the third year in a row, the Whitie Tighties lifted the big blue milk jug in the air following the Blue-White spring football game on Saturday.

The jug, which goes to the winner of the Sulphur Springs intrasquad game, will stay in the hands of the White team, which won, 29-12, at Forrest Gregg Field.

A crowd of several hundred spectators brought their lawn chairs and watched the two-hour scrimmage involving the varsity and JV Wildcats. The scrimmage is little more than a glorified practice, but it carries bragging rights until at least fall practice begins in August.

"We don't get up as much as we would for a regular game, of course, because we're facing ourselves, but then again it's kind of like facing an opponent because we're going live, full-speed," said Josh Riley, who quarterbacked the White team. "In practice, we don't really get to tackle and things like that. We finally got to, and it felt real good.

"I think we're going to be real successful next year. There were great points on both teams."

Junior-to-be Riley connected with wide receiver Rolaundo Wright on two touchdown passes and ran for another score, while quarterback Tremayne Jones, who is being used mostly on defense this year, also ran in a TD. For the Blue Birds, quarterback sophomore-to-be Logan Turner threw for two touchdowns, but the blue team also turned the ball over four times.

SSHS head coach Brad Turner, who was not involved in the scrimmage coaching, and the assistant coaches were viewing the scrimmage tape on Monday. He said the scrimmage, while it is played in a game-type environment, does not carry any additional weight than a normal practice.

"There's really not a lot of evaluation. All the evaluation has pretty much been done during the spring practices," he explained. "There were some guys who did better than they have in any individual practice, and that's taken into account, but you look at the whole picture of their spring.

"There were some guys who didn't play real well but who had pretty good springs. One way or the other, you really can't put too much emphasis on this scrimmage. Take it for what it was, which is more less a practice in a game-type situation."

He said the scrimmage is a good way for the players to wrap up four weeks of full-pad practices. The best thing is that no one was injured in the scrimmage, though several players did not suit up. Along with running back Jared Ramey, who had off-season knee surgery, linebacker Brian Nix did not play after having his knee scoped last week, and Keith Harris watched from the sideline after being involved in a dangerous ATV accident.

About 110 players did suit up, with the JV squads playing the first four minutes of each quarter and varsity going the other eight minutes.

"There were some good things and bad things," Turner said. "It never fails that you think one team is going to be really good, but you forget that all the talent is divided up pretty evenly. The offensive line is split up, the defensive line is split up, so it's kind of equalized.

"It's more of a fun time for the guys. It's really kind of a final event for the kids to give them some enjoyment. The biggest thing is, they got a chance to compete in front of a pretty good crowd to end spring training. I thought it was a success."

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