|Whitie Tighties win annual intrasquad scrimmage, 28-6|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
May 23, 2005 - The White's domination of the Sulphur Springs Wildcats' annual intrasquad scrimmage game is over. It had to be.
This year, the team changed from white jerseys to gold ones, and then went out and beat the Blue Birds in Saturday's scrimmage, 28-6, behind four rushing touchdowns from running back Chris Person.
The change of jersey color was necessary because there weren't enough white jerseys to go around as about 100 of next year's JV and varsity players were divided into two teams by the coaches.
While the players take the game seriously - as a matter of bragging rights - SSHS coach Brad Turner said the intrasquad contest is mostly just a way to end spring training that puts the players in full pads for 18 days.
"I was pleased with the spring practice," Turner said. "I think this was the best spring practice we've had since I've been here. The scrimmage was fun. The spring game is not a serious thing, it's more of a fun thing. Whoever wins gets to hold that milk jug up, and I think Torrence (Wright) spent the weekend with it.
"We had a blue and we had a gold, but in the end, we're all blue and gold. We'll combine those teams and the next time we tee it up, we'll be going against a school with a different color."
The goal of spring training is three-fold: it allows coaches to look at players at different positions than they may have played in the fall; it exchanges six days of August workouts for 18 days in May; and it gives the players an extended look at the offensive and defensive game plans.
It also usually is a way to give players a break from the August heat, but Saturday's scrimmage was played with temperatures hovering around 90.
"I felt like this was the best spring training we've had since I've been here," Turner explained. "It got hot that last week, and it was hot at the game, but other than that, the work that we've gotten done was good. The kids knew what was expected of them. We didn't have trouble with kids not showing up.
"Overall, the spring training was a good one."
The final session ended with the Gold squad scoring two touchdowns in each half compared to one field goal per half for the Blue team.
Person scored the first TD on a 32-yard run on fourth down, and added a 3-yard dive before halftime. Spenser Daniel knocked through all four PATS.
Person's second TD was set up by an interception by cornerback Marc Crook.
Blue's Brian Ballard punched through a pair of field goals - including a 52-yarder in the first half, and a 24-yarder in the second.
The best play of the game may have been Person's third TD when quarterback Logan Turner lateraled him the ball as Turner was being dragged down, and Person raced 45 yards untouched down the sideline. He also scored on a 40-yard run late in the game following an interception by cornerback Chad Rocker.
For the Blue team, safety Colby Mills recovered a fumble.
"The spring game was probably the best spring game we've had. Usually when you split those guys up, it doesn't look as good as it does the other 17 practices," Turner said. "But, I thought offensively we ran the ball good, we threw the ball good. Defensively, we ran around and made some plays.
"I was pleased with what we did, and I think we'll be OK."
The Wildcats will open their annual summer workouts on June 6, then report for the start of two-a-day practices on Aug. 8. Their first scrimmage is Aug. 20, at home against Whitehouse, and the opening game is Aug. 26 against Jacksonville in the Tomato Bowl.