Last week the UIL released their new realignments for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons. With it, Sulphur Springs learned they will be joining District 8-4A, and they will be joined by Community, Anna, Kaufman, Mabank and Paris.
With a new head coach/athletic director, and a new district, there is plenty to be excited about for Sulphur Springs football fans. Monday, fans were given even more to look forward to, as Sulphur Springs released their district schedule for the 2022 season.
The Wildcats will kickoff district play Friday, Oct. 7 with a home game against Community. Community will be looking to turn things around, after going more than 10 years since their last winning season. Community has gone 5-6 in each of their last three seasons, losing in the opening round of the playoffs each time, including a 15-0 loss to Glen Rose in 2021.
For Sulphur Springs’ second district game, they will hit the road to face Mabank, Friday, Oct. 14. Mabank has had the same level of consistency that Community has, going 6-4 in each of their last three seasons, though they went just a combined 5-12 in district action over that time span.
Sulphur Springs will return home Friday, Oct. 21, to face Paris. Paris is coming off a pair of strong seasons, going 9-5 in 2020 and 7-5 in 2021. Last year Paris went 3-3 in district play and beat Lincoln 49-29 in the opening round of the playoffs, before losing to Stephenville by a final score of 22-10.
Friday, Oct. 28, the Wildcats will hit the road for the final time, facing the Kaufman Lions. The two teams faced each other last year, with the Wildcats coming up just short by a final score of 34-32.
The Lions went on to go 8-4 in 2021, even shutting out Dallas Carter 24-0 in the opening round of the playoffs. They would be knocked out by La Vega in the following round, losing 14-10.
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats will have their regular season finale Friday, Nov. 4, at home against the Anna Coyotes. Anna is coming off a pretty strong year, in which they went 7-3 and went an undefeated 4-0 in non-district play.
In district action Anna went 3-3, beating Paris 18-7, but losing 35-14 to Kaufman. Despite their .500 record in district play, Anna tied for fifth place in their district, missing out on postseason action.