The Wildcats’ football team wrapped up their first week of practice with a two hour morning session Saturday (August 18) from 8 a.m. Until 10 a.m. It marked the first day for contact between players in pads. Varsity and JV players got into some offense versus defense scrimmaging for the last hour Saturday.
Reviewing the week, Football Coach Greg Owens said he liked the first day Monday (August 13) and the last day of the week of practice Saturday. In between, he said some days were lacking some in energy and focus. Coach Owens said Saturday was the first morning workout with slightly cooler temperatures. He said he would have to review video before discussing who did well or poorly Saturday during the inter squad scrimmage. Coach Owens said he was pretty pleased overall adding that players were grasping concepts. He added there were still lots of things to work on and to clean up. Coach Owens said there were some missed tackles and blown pass protections Saturday.
In general, offenses had several decent drives but defenders kept them out of the end zone. He said players continue to get lots of reps that are recorded so coaches can evaluate players. His final thoughts to the team Saturday before he dismissed them for a picture day was it’s all about their technique, effort and doing what coaches ask them too. Coach Owens said players that can’t do those things won’t play. Conversely guys that can do those things will get the chance to play. Coach Owens said this year’s motto is EAT. E for effort, A for attitude and T for tempo. He said that’s what he is looking for.
This is a big week for the Wildcats as school starts Tuesday and the Wildcats have a home varsity scrimmage against Liberty-Eylau Thursday at 7 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium. The JV and freshmen part of the scrimmage starts at 5 p.m. at Prim.