It was practice day number three for the Wildcats Football Team Wednesday night (August 14). The UIL allows shoulder pads on day three but no contact. Wednesday is well known as a challenging practice day in terms of energy. Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens said that was not the case Wednesday night. Most of the work occurred on the practice field outside the Multipurpose Building. Starting temperature shortly after 6 p.m. was 95 degrees with a feel like temperature of 102. Offensive Coordinator Matt Young said he liked the energy of the team this year. He agreed that Wednesday usually means a lull on the practice field but he said he did not feel the lull Wednesday night. He said a switch on the offensive front did not even slow down the guys that much. Coach Young said recall from the spring has been tremendous and showed a tremendous focus. He said so far the players seem to be affected by the heat for about the first thirty minutes of practice but and then he said they rock and roll. He said coaches are working on getting players reps, which is a challenge with so many playing on both sides of the ball. Coach Young said he liked the team. He called them a neat bunch and he said there were some explosive players. Coach Young said fans can expect to see some growing pains with football Friday being so new to so many of the players. He said his goals for the offense before the Wildcats first scrimmage in one week were consistent execution from quarterbacks Kaden Wallace and Noe Ponce as they distribute the ball, from veteran running backs Caden Davis and Chock Sims, from receivers running routes who will make plays when they have the opportunity and from the offensive line knowing where to go and being physical. Offensive lineman returning include Giovanni Pizano, Chandler Leo and Alfredo Olavide. Coach Young said some defensive players would also contribute on offense this season including Kylan Wade, Cameron Kaufert and D’Andre Peoples. Coach Young also coaches inside receivers. He expects all five of them to be contributors. They are Chase Haney, Bryant Sanchez, Landry Meskimen, Zack Tiemeyer and Campbell Cody.
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