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Wildcats schedule preview part 2

by Tyler Lennon

We return for part 2 of our 10 part series, breaking down the Sulphur Springs Wildcats football schedule game-by-game. In Part 1 we looked at the season opener against Jacksonville, in today’s edition we are looking at their Week 2 matchup against Mount Pleasant.

Week 2, Mount Pleasant 

For the second week in a row, the Wildcats will get to open their season at home, giving them a solid home field advantage to open the year. Also, for the second week in a row, the Wildcats face a team who hasn’t had a ton of success in recent years.

Over the last two years the Tigers are just 9-12, though they had a very interesting year last season. In 2021 Mount Pleasant went 5-6, though they did go 4-3 in district play and earned a playoff spot. 

In their final regular season game Mount Pleasant hosted Jacksonville, who we covered in Part 1 of our series. The Tigers dominated the entire game, getting out to an early 27-7 lead, before going on to win 51-13.

In an interesting turn of events, Mount Pleasant fell to Hallsville on the road earlier in the season, the one team Jacksonville was able to beat last year. After losing to Hallsville, Mount Pleasant would go on to win two of their final three games, giving them a third place finish in District 5A-9. 

The Tigers will be looking for their first winning season since 2012, when they went 8-3, including a 4-1 district record and a first round exit in the playoffs. Since then, Mount Pleasant has a combined record of 28-64, including an 0-2 postseason record.

This week two matchup could be a great chance for both teams to set the tone for rebound seasons. With two fairly favorable matchups to open their season, the Wildcats will be looking to start their year 2-0 for the first time since 2018, when they opened their season with a 37-35 win over Frisco Wakeland, followed by a 42-27 win over Terrell.

In the 2018 season, Sulphur Springs went on to win their next three games as well, beating Royse City 28-10, Forney 56-47 and Ennis by a final score of 45-28 to go 5-0 to open the year.

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