For the second year in a row, the Wildcats’ football team will have spring football. It will get underway next Monday and will culminate with a spring game on May 19.
Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens said it’s starting earlier this year because school will be letting out earlier this year. He said spring football proved to be very beneficial last year. Coach Owens said the coaching staff can begin to find out what they up front in the offensive and defensive lines. He said it is also especially beneficial for linebackers and running backs. Coach Owens noted the Wildcats have some key spots to fill. Unlike in the fall with opponents to prepare for right away, the spring allows the coaching staff to slow things down and teach fundamentals.
On the flip side, Coach Owens said again the Wildcats would lose one week of fall practice and one scrimmage. He said spring football would be working around lots of stuff. For example, the Wildcats’ baseball team will be in the playoffs and the Athletic Banquet takes place May 1. Coach Owens said spring football would take place from about 3:50 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on practice days. He said there would be time for weight lifting, film sessions and daily lists of things to accomplish. Special team work will begin. Coach Owens said last year the retention level was good between the spring and fall workouts.
The UIL allows teams 18 practice days within 30 days. Coach Owens said the Wildcats would have about 15 spring practice days. He said the coaching staff seemed to enjoy spring football last year and he added he thought the players also enjoyed the change.