The Wildcats Football Team wrapped up their three-week additional skills, strength and conditioning work with a Thursday evening session at the Multipurpose Building. Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens called it a great summer. He said the team’s football IQ is as good as its’ ever been. He said that’s because the UIL allowed so much teaching time this summer. Coach Owens said this final week was another good one. He said attendance has been phenomenal. He said players not only show up but they are getting after it. Coach Owens said tempers flared some during Thursday’s session. He said that shows the team has some fight in them and, of course, he said that’s a good thing. The Wildcats will continue to get together in and around school days, which start next Tuesday. The team’s first official day of practice, with helmets, will be on Labor Day morning, September 7. Players can begin to wear pads on Wednesday that week but contact will be greatly restricted for several days. Expect the team’s first spirited physical session to be at an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, September 12, which will also be Picture Day. Coach Owens said players are getting better and he said he is proud of them for their phenomenal attitude and for showing up every day. He said his team is far ahead of where they usually are this time of the season. Again he credited the UIL for allowing more skill teaching time this summer. He said he hopes the UIL will continue to allow the increased teaching time in summers to come. Coach Owens said he has seen his team grow and mature this summer. He said young offensive linemen are playing with confidence because they know what to do. Coach Owens said he is also impressed with the Wildcats’ defense and their knowledge of offensive formations and sets. He said he has seen Bull Turner, Wylie Bennett and Chandler Johnson all directing defensive traffic from back in the secondary. Coach Owens said they too understand what coaches want them to do.
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