The sense of urgency is high for the Sulphur Tors.
The Tors are 0-2 with the start of a grueling District 3-5A schedule starting next week. Sulphur will face a team that is equally in need of a win in LaGrange (0-2) today at 7 p.m. at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.
“We need to get a win,” Sulphur head coach Cecil Thomas said. “This is a must win week for us.
“We have to have the sense of urgency in everything that we are doing from film study to practice. We have to get back to basics. We have to learn how to execute. The game plan is there. It is a very simple game plan, but we have to be able to pull the trigger and execute what has been given. It starts in practice. Practice has to carry over to games.”
Down 9-0 to Class 2A No. 1 Notre Dame last week, the Tors forced the Pios to punt, its first of the season, after a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage by Daniel Burton and Hazen Martin. But the Tors failed to take advantage of the opportunity and Notre Dame scored on its next four possessions.
The offense had its struggles too. Quarterback Jacob Clark scored on a 71-yard run, but the team struggled to sustain drives.
“We haven’t’ been consistent at all yet since the fall scrimmage,” Thomas said. “We are trying to be consistent in everything that we are doing in all three phases. That is the goal. When you are learning a new system, everything has to be consistent.”
LaGrange is in the midst of a 12-game losing streak dating back to the 2017 season, but led Sam Houston 14-13 in the first quarter last week before losing 50-14.
“They (LaGrange) are athletic and a formidable opponent,” Thomas said. “They are very good at what they do.
“They can create some problems for you if you are not aware of it. They have some good speed on the back end and on offense. The quarterback throws the ball real well. There ain’t any gimmies in high school football. We are in no position to be overlooking anybody.”
LaGrange quarterback Quintorious Jones has scored three rushing touchdowns and completed 10 of 31 passes for 232 yards. Orlandezz Leday is Jones’ top target with six catches for 148 yards.
“I guarantee you, they are not afraid of us,” Thomas said. “We are going to get their best shot right out of the game. They have good team speed, and they are in good position to make plays. They are create problems for you if you are not prepared for it.”