Spring football drills end with annual Milk Bowl
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 19, 2005 - Can the Blue Birds break up the Whitie Tighties' dynasty?

That question will be answered Saturday evening during the annual Milk Bowl - the SSHS intrasquad football scrimmage that officially closes the spring practice session.

The JV and varsity football players were drafted Wednesday into two teams - the Blue Birds and the Whitie Tighties. The White team has won the last three years, including last season's 29-12 win which was the largest margin of victory in the game's four-year history.

The game this week will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Forrest Gregg Field at Sulphur Springs Middle School. The playing surface at Gerald Prim Stadium is undergoing a renovation and is not playable at this time.

It will be more than just a scrimmage. It will be a family event as the Quarterback Club has secured a bounce house for kids (free), and the blow-up entrance tunnel will be on hand. Kids can have their pictures made by the tunnel and with the Wildcat of their choice for $2.

Before the game, $5 tickets will be sold for a chance at two season tickets and one front row reserved parking place. The winner's name will be drawn at halftime of the scrimmage. SSHS football players will be selling the raffle tickets during the week.

A concession stand will be open at Forrest Gregg Field with hot dogs, soft drinks, snow cones and more. Spectators can sit in the metal bleachers or they can bring their lawn chairs.

To get into the field, the Quarterback Club is asking each person to bring a canned food item to be used to stock the food pantry.

Once the game begins, spectators are sure to see a hotly-contested game. Neither team wants to lose to the other, said SSHS head football coach Brad Turner.

"It should be good. It helps keep the competitive juices flowing, I guarantee you," he said. "If we just keep everybody healthy, it should be a good spring."

He said Monday's practice was the best of the 18-day session.

The Wildcats are able to use the month of May for full pad practice in exchange for starting workouts a week later in the fall. In the spring, the coaches are able to try players are different positions and instill most of the fall's game plan, Turner said.

It all culminates in Saturday's Milk Bowl. The winner of the scrimmage gets a big blue milk jug as a trophy.

Today and tomorrow, the players will practice during the athletic period and after school with the teams on which they were drafted.

During the game, there are several stipulations:

They will play four 12-minute quarters, and the JV players have to play the first four minutes of each quarter.

Each team gets two trick plays - one running and one passing. Everything else must come from the Wildcats' play book.

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