|From Staff Reports|
July 30, 2005 - This year, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats will open their football season with a long road trip to Jacksonville. Next year, if all goes well, the trip may be much longer.
Head coach Brad Turner has been in contact with officials from Dave Campbell's Texas Football about playing in the 2006 Texas Football Classic, played in the Alamodome in San Antonio. The magazine, along with Host Communications, sponsors the Classic games.
Texas Football came up with the idea six years ago to start the season with a kick-off weekend that would bring together state-recognized programs from around Texas. What started as a two-game line-up back in 1999 now boasts 10 teams playing in five games over three days beginning Aug. 25.
Sulphur Springs has gotten noticed by going to the playoffs the last three consecutive years, having players on the magazine's Super Team each of the last two seasons (Keenan Clayton in 2004 and Jose Vargas this year), and having a pedigree that boasts three players in the NFL (Damione Lewis, Caleb Miller and Tyreo Harrison).
Obviously, there are dozens of teams that would like to be included in the Texas Football Classic because of the recognition and experience for their players, so it may be months before Sulphur Springs finds out if it is selected.
Whether selected or not, this is another example of how Coach Turner has worked hard to make the Wildcat program more visible around the state, which leads to increased opportunities for the players.
Speaking of Turner, he and his assistant coaches will be in Franklin County this week for a sabbatical and work session.
They will be at the Helm family ranch, a tradition that started when James Cameron was head coach here and continued through Chuck King and Dwayne McMeans' tenures.
While many area teams will start practice on Monday, the Wildcats won't hit the field until Aug. 8 because they traded one week of August workouts for a month of spring practices in May.
Any freshman or 11th-grader who has not gotten a physical exam must do so before Aug. 12, when the Wildcats go into full pads.
The Wildcats are scheduled to host Whitehouse in a scrimmage at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, but that could change due to a new UIL rule.
Because both Whitehouse and Sulphur Springs participated in spring practices, they can hold the scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 19. Under the old rule, they couldn't hold an intersquad scrimmage until Saturday.
If Whitehouse agrees, the two teams will likely face off on Friday evening.
Another schedule note has the Wildcats playing Mesquite Poteet on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Mesquite Memorial Stadium, rather than the normal Friday schedule.
Poteet shares two football stadiums (Hanby and Memorial) with four other Mesquite ISD schools, North Mesquite, West Mesquite, Horn and Mesquite High.
On Friday, Sept. 9, West Mesquite is hosting Frisco at Memorial, while Horn is hosting Jesuit at Hanby.
The Wilmer-Hutchins seniors got their wish - they won't be going to arch-rival Dallas Madison High School.
Instead, the Dallas school board has assigned all of the Wilmer-Hutchins senior class to South Oak Cliff. All other W-H students are spread around underpopulated south Dallas schools.
The UIL issued a statement Friday that said all Wilmer-Hutchins athletes will be considered in compliance with the UIL Varsity Athletic Parent Residence Rule at the schools they are assigned to by the DISD board.
Wilmer-Hutchins students who choose to attend schools other than those assigned by the Dallas ISD could be ineligible for varsity athletic
participation for one calendar year.