Last Friday I talked with Kurt McCain, who coaches safeties, and Cameron Warren, who coaches cornerbacks, for the Wildcats varsity football team.
Coach McCain is in his twelfth year in Sulphur Springs. He’s in his seventh year as safeties coach. He has six safeties this year and five are seniors. He characterizes them this way. Austin Dodd is athletic, intelligent and a playmaker. Landry Tyson is tall, very intelligent and a leader. Jase Thompson is athletic and a ballhawk. Pacen Edwards is very intelligent and athletic. Colton Allen is athletic and has a physical presence. Junior Chase Haney is very intelligent, athletic and a ball hawk. All of the safeties are expected to also play on offense. Coach McCain said the safeties are the last line of defense. He said they need to be intelligent, be physical and be athletic since they must defense the run and the pass. Coach McCain said he feels good about his group.
Cameron Warren is in his fifth year at Sulphur Springs. For the past four years, he has coached cornerbacks for the Wildcats’ varsity. He has seven varsity cornerbacks this year. Five are seniors with two underclassmen. His most experienced corner is senior Damiyon “Day Day” Dugan. Senior Connor Burgin also played some cornerback last year on varsity. Coach Warren called Burgin probably his most improved corner this year. Senior Andy Eddins is also a returner. Coach Warren said Eddins really came into his own during the spring and summer. Another senior Coach Warren is glad to have back is Christian Clayton. After playing as a freshmen, Clayton moved away but has returned for his senior year. Coach Warren said he has a big upside. Senior Marcus Hood is expected to provide quality depth. Coach Warren said underclassmen Noe Ponce and Detrick Clayton are both talented and he added they should be great players for him. Coach Warren said he too feels good about his group of cornerbacks this year.