2013 East Texas Football Games of the Year, No. 12: Mount Pleasant at Sulphur Springs
In one of the highest-scoring games involving East Texas teams in 2012, Sulphur Springs got out of Mount Pleasant in October with a 71-65 victory at Sam Parker Field.
Both teams must replace graduated quarterbacks who put up impressive numbers last season, but the 2013 meeting between these two I-30 rivals promises to be another great one come the Oct. 11 District 14-4A opener in Sulphur Springs.
Mount Pleasant turns to senior Cullen Grubbs to replace Montravious James, who accounted for 4,070 total yards of offense and 53 total touchdowns. He'll have proven weapons all around him, including East Texas' top receiver in Baylor-bound K.D. Cannon, wideout Andrew Flanagan, and running back Tarrence Taylor. Sulphur Springs junior safeties Larry Pryor and Zach Spigner could have busy nights chasing those Mount Pleasant playmakers.
Sulphur Springs must replace Brad Macek, a 2,300-yard passer a year ago. But like Grubbs, whoever the new quarterback is, he'll have plenty of options.
Willy Ivery, who ran for 108 yards and four touchdowns in last year's six-point road win, enters 2013 as Sulphur Springs' primary playmaker. He and Larry Pryor, a 2015 safety recruit who already has seven FBS offers, could see time at quarterback and other places in veteran head coach Greg Owens' offense.
Perhaps Sulphur Springs' biggest strength is an offensive line that already has a lot of experience despite multiple members being only juniors. Jess Jenkins, Landon Watkins, and Austan Davis lead that group.
In other words, the 2013 meeting to open district play could once again prove to be one of the region's highest-scoring games, and we at ETSN.fm can't wait for it.
ETSN.fm 2013 Preseason Top 25 Games of the Year
- No. 12 -- Mount Pleasant at Sulphur Springs
- No. 13 — Carthage at Jasper
- No. 14 — Whitehouse at Sulphur Springs
- No. 15 — West Sabine at Alto
- No. 16 — Gilmer vs. Henderson
- No. 17 — Tatum at Troup
- No. 18 — Center at Jasper
- No. 19 — Kilgore at Henderson
- No. 20 — Elysian Fields at Hughes Springs
- No. 21 – Longview vs. Olive Branch, Miss.
- No. 22 – Chapel Hill at Henderson
- No. 23 – Jefferson at White Oak
- No. 24 – Tenaha at Garrison
- No. 25 – Tatum at Center