Last weekend about 18 students travelled to Lindsay Park in Tyler for the state qualifier for 7 on 7. While the Wildcats were able to win one game last Saturday, they dropped two games to be eliminated from the tournament.
In spite of this, Wildcats offensive coordinator Matt Young called Saturday a “good day.”
The Wildcats opened up their state qualifying tournament with a game against Corsicana, with Sulphur Springs exploding out of the gate for an 18-0 lead going in to halftime. Brady Driver was the first team QB since Matthew Mitchell is away from the team playing baseball, Coach Young said.
According to Coach Young, the 18 points scored by Driver were the most he has scored all spring.
The Wildcats OC said CJ Williams, Carson Fenton, and Reed Williams did great work working in the middle of the field, and Coach Young said Driver did a great job checking the ball down to Malakai Rolling and keeping the ball moving downfield.
Coach Young said the defense played really well, as 2 or 3 players ended the game with interceptions, according to the Wildcats offensive coordinator.
The Wildcats went on to beat Corsicana, 18-6, and were able to do so without scoring a single point in the second half. To get a 7 on 7 win against a district opponent in the Tigers is always nice, Coach Young said.
After the win against Corsicana, the Wildcats took on Wylie East. Game two proved not as fruitful, as on the Wildcats first drive they were able to march all the way down the field, but were stopped by the Raiders on 4th and 1 at the goal line.
Momentum shifted in a big way after the Raiders’ goal-line stand, as Wylie East went on to beat Sulphur Springs by a score of 18-6.
With the score at 12-6, the Wildcats had a chance to tie the game up, but were not able to make enough plays to score and tie the game up.
Coach Young said Wylie East did good things on both offense and defense.
In the third and final game last Saturday, Sulphur Springs took on (formerly) John Tyler, now Tyler High. A high-scoring affair, the Wildcats ended up losing 35-22. Like the game against Corsicana, the Wildcats trailed by one possession at one point, 29-22, but the Lions tacked on one more to put the game out of reach.
Coach Young said he thought the Wildcats played really well. The Wildcats offensive coordinator said he did have some critiques and improvements that Driver can make in the short-to-gain-game.
Overall, Coach Young thought his squad played well, worked well with each other, competed well, and made significant strides of improvement from where they started two months ago to last Saturday, when their 7 on 7 came to an end.
“I like how 7 on 7 went,” Coach Young said, and added that “defensively, the things [the Wildcats] are starting to do is really exciting.”
With 7 on 7 season now concluded for Sulphur Springs, the Wildcats can now put all of their focus and energy in to the Edge. The Edge for football runs Monday through Thursday, from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. for students entering 10th through 12th grades and 10 A.M. to noon for students entering the seventh to ninth grades.