Not exactly business as usual for Wildcats during bye week
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 29, 2004 - It's not exactly business as usual this week for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats.

With an open date on Friday, the Wildcats (4-1) are taking an inward look before they start preparing for Paris, their most immediate opponent, in earnest next week.

Usually, the coaching staff starts preparing the players immediately for their next game, but SSHS head coach Brad Turner said this week is devoted mainly to getting sharper in execution and scheme.

"We'll introduce Paris to them, what they run offensively and defensively, this week, but mostly we'll be working on some fix-it type things for us," said SSHS head coach Brad Turner. "There are some things we need to fix on defense, and on offense we need to work on our execution."

The Wildcats will travel to Paris on Oct. 8 for the start of the District 12-4A season. Paris (1-3) hosts Liberty-Eylau this week in their final non-district contest.

Mount Pleasant (2-2) plays at Sherman, while the other 12-4A teams, North Lamar (5-0), Greenville (1-4) and Texas High (3-2), all have byes.

The Wildcats are also using the bye week to try to get fully healthy. There were no major injuries coming out of the homecoming win over Lancaster last Friday, but after almost two solid months of football practice, there are the usual nagging injuries.

Defensive end Kris Dial suited up for the first time last week, and coaches believe offensive guard Zane Attaway will be ready to go against Paris after suffering a concussion in an automobile accident before the season's opening scrimmage.

To help keep the Wildcats fresh, after-school practices have been cut down this week. Usually, the team works out for 21 five-minute sessions on Monday and Tuesday and 15 on Wednesday, but that has been trimmed to 12 sessions (one hour) each day.

The 11 a.m. to non athletic period workouts, which include lifting weights, conditioning and special teams practices, are staying the same, Turner said.

"There's really not a whole lot of difference, but we won't be out there as long," he explained. "You don't want to get them too much out of routine. You don't want them to relax too much. But, you want to heal injuries. You don't want to pound them all week. On the other hand, you don't want to give them the whole week off.

"There's a fine line there of what is too much and what is not enough. We're trying to keep it as much routine as possible, but we're cutting it down a little bit."

The players took last Saturday off and will do the same this Saturday. The coaches work each Saturday, but have the two Sundays off.

Then, next week, it will be business as usual as the Wildcats prepare for their district opener. In other action on Oct. 8, Greenville travels to Texas High, while North Lamar hosts Mount Pleasant.

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