Rainstorm causes change of plans for Saturday’s scrimmage: Greenville is new site

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 15, 2008 - Friday's rainstorm has caused a change of plans for Saturday's scrimmage.

The Sulphur Springs Wildcats will now visit the Greenville Lions Saturday morning rather than hosting them for the first intersquad scrimmage of the football season.

SSHS head coach Greg Owens was concerned that playing 4-5 hours of football on a rain-soaked natural grass turf Saturday could damage the Gerald Prim Stadium field for weeks to come. So, the scrimmage has been moved to Greenville's T.C. "Cotton" Ford Stadium, which has a Field Turf artificial surface.

"We'll go down there, play on their field and get our work in," Owens said Friday morning. "We don't want to tear our field up for a scrimmage if we can help it."

The start time remain the same for Saturday. The varsity teams will face off at 8 a.m., with the JV and freshmen starting simultaneously on opposite ends of the field at about 10:30 a.m. Owens expects to still get in about 20 plays on varsity, go through some kicking practice, then play a full half with a running clock.

However, he warned that tomorrow's weather could shorten the scrimmage. Weather forecasters are calling for scattered showers throughout the weekend.

The weather also played havoc with the Wildcats' photo day Friday morning. Team and individual photos will still taken, but they were moved to Wildcat Gym. The varsity players were scheduled to have their photos made at 5 p.m. today, but that was moved up to 10 a.m. because the gym is unavailable this evening due to the Lady Cats' volleyball opener.

The photo of varsity players' mothers will still be taken at 6 p.m. today, but it will now be in the SSHS cafeteria. Moms are asked to be there 15 minutes early.

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