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Wildcats Host Terrell for Homecoming: Parking, History, Terrell Coach

Parking at Prim
The Sulphur Springs ISD has put out an advisory noting that parking at the Homecoming football game Friday (September 14) night at Gerald Prim Stadium might be difficult. They said in addition to the football game there is also a rodeo in town. The Texas High School Rodeo Association is having a Region IV Rodeo at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. The Sulphur Springs ISD said they want to make sure that everyone is parked in a parking spot. They encourage people to use parking lots provided on each side of the stadium. They said there is additional parking at the high school. 

A Little History: Terrell vs. Sulphur Springs

The Wildcats play Terrell for Homecoming Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium and it’s been awhile since the two teams got together for a game that counts. The last one was in 2005. The last three match ups were in bi-district playoff action. In the first, then Wildcats Coach Dwayne McMeans got a 13-10 win over the Tigers in 1998. In the second and the third, former Wildcats Coach Brad Turner met Terrell in bi-district in 2004 and 2005. The Wildcats won in 2004, 38-34 and then lost in 2005 to Terrell, 34-17 in Coach Turner’s last game as head coach here. Current Wildcats Coach Greg Owens has scrimmaged Terrell some but he has not met the Tigers for a real game since he has been Wildcats head coach. Since 1956, the Wildcats hold an 11-10 advantage over the Tigers. Other former Wildcats’ coaches to face Terrell include James Cameron, Don Poe, Clifton Thomas, Jim Dobson, John Dobson, Paul Jones and Bob Pyle, way back in 1956.

Terrell Tiger Head Football Coach Mike Shields

The Terrell Head Football Coach is Mike Sheilds. He is in his fifth year as Tigers’ head coach. He came to Terrell from Red Oak. Coach Shields said the Tigers were real young last year with a freshman and lots of sophomores. A lot of the Tigers return this year one year older. They do have another freshman on the varsity and he is the largest of the Tigers, nose guard Keithian Alexander. He’s 6-2 and 320. Coach Shields said Alexander is still 14 years old. He turns 15 next month. Coach Shields said the Tigers don’t have many seniors. He has changed the Tigers’ offense to the Flex Bone, an option offense. He said he wished he had another non-district game so his quarterback could get a few more reads before district play. Like Sulphur Springs, Terrell’s game last week against Paris was canceled. They played a quarter before the game was delayed and then canceled. The Tigers’ offense is led by Micah Skinner, a senior. He played some quarterback last year. Perhaps the best of the Tigers’ offensive lineman is right guard Malik Griffin, a junior and a three year starter. He has received a college offer from Texas State. Coach Shields also likes his fullback, junior Jequavious Morris. He feels if they can get Morris into the secondary, he has the speed to go to the house. Top receivers for the Tigers are expected to be Semaj Willis and J.T. Richardson. On defense, the Tigers have the aforementioned big guy at nose guard Keithian Alexander. Coach Shields said other than him, the Tigers don’t have much size. He hopes to make up for it on defense with athleticism and speed and by using blitzes. All four of Terrell’s linebackers are back. Last year they were three sophomores and a freshman. Now they are three juniors and a sophomore. Concerning the Wildcats, Coach Shields said quarterback D’Corian Young looks hard to stop. He said Terrell can’t let the big Wildcats offensive linemen get a hold of them. He said the Wildcats have two good running backs but he added he was mainly worried about the quarterback. Coach Sheilds called the Wildcats defense good, sound and well coached. He especially likes outside linebackers Kylan Wade and D.Q. Pitts. Coach Shields said he also likes the inside linebackers. Like any coach, Coach Shields is hoping to get off on the right foot with a district opening win. I can assure you, Coach Owens feels the same way. 

Author: Staff Reporter

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