PASSING GRADES: Footballs aren’t the only things Wildcats pass
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 19, 2006 - Greg Owens doesn't want to lose any player to grades, so that's why he holds tutorials before school.

The SSHS head football coach knows it's important for the student-athletes to make an investment in their school work not only to keep them eligible, but for their future plans.

The study hall meets at 7:30 a.m. three days a week for players who have a 76 or below in any class. Anything below 70 is failing, but Owens says the higher threshhold for the tutorials is two-fold.

"It helps keep them from getting down to that 70 level, and it's a deterrent," Owens explained. "If they don't want to spend their mornings with me, then they'd better make sure they keep their grades up."

The tutorials are for any high school athlete.

This Friday marks the end of the first six weeks.

WHAT ROUTINE - If there's one thing coaches dislike, it's a change of routine. Last week, school was out on Friday for Fall Festival, and this week it's homecoming. But, Owens isn't looking for excuses.

"We haven't really had a routine week yet, but I don't think that hurt us last week mentally," he said. "I still think that's us having to get on the bus, play on the road and deal with some adversity and overcome all that stuff."

He said another look at the film over the weekend showed what he thought when the game ended - the Wildcats gave a good effort, but Denison's athletic quarterback Stanley Morrison was the difference.

"The kikds played hard. It's just when you get an athlete of that caliber, he turns your small mistake into a big mistake," the coach explained. "But, the kids played hard - we saw that again on film."

INJURY UPDATE - Coaches hope to get three defensive players back either this week or at least by the next game, Oct. 6 against Liberty-Eylau. Outside linebacker Clay Wilks (knee) and safety Colby Mills (ankle) both sat out the Denison game. Linebacker Stefan Petty may also be ready to go this week. ... The SSHS freshmen and JV will travel to Sherman on Thursday. The SSMS eighth-graders will take on Pine Tree. ...

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