Wildcats Head Football Coach Greg Owens began the fourth week of The Edge for football Monday morning, June 28 at the Multi-Purpose Building.
With football edge lasting six weeks, the Wildcats are officially halfway through the summer strength and conditioning program.
Last week Coach Owens, head football coach of Sulphur Springs, said a high number of athletes were missing from the camp, but that changed Monday as many of his players either returned to the Edge or started coming this week.
The Wildcats football coach said that the number of attendees were still down a bit this week, but then shifted to praising the work ethic of those who have attended the summer strength and conditioning up to this point.
Coach Owens said he is pleased with the way kids are working, adding that his student athletes are getting better. The Wildcats head coach said that the team is in their second of three phases when it comes to weightlifting, which has also been going well.
“The kids that are here,” Coach Owens said, are “getting in shape, they’re responding, [and] things are going well with them.”
While it was difficult to pick out a single position group that has performed well throughout the first three weeks of Edge, Coach Owens for the second time in three weeks applauded the incoming ninth grade class.
“Those guys have had great numbers,” Coach Owens said about the incoming high schoolers, taking it a few steps further by praising the incoming ninth grade attendees for their excellent work ethic.
Coach Owens also mentioned the incoming seventh and eighth graders for also providing an excellent number of athletes who not only wish to better themselves, but the entire team as a unit.
“They continue to work,” the Wildcats head football coach said, adding that him and his staff “keep seeing progress with all those guys.”
Progress is key to the Edge, as Coach Owens as pointed out. As the number of weeks until scrimmages and games begin to continues to dwindles down, the Wildcats head coach and his staff will continue to build on the strong foundation that the Edge has created over the last three weeks.
“Everything is just a progression,” Coach Owens said, “everything [including] percentages, go up.”
The coach then broke down the weightlifting schedule of the Edge, as the first phase was eccentric, which Coach Owens described as negative, followed by isometric weights lasting two weeks, which are a pause phase, and finally the last phase of three is a concentric phase, which Coach Owens described as an explosive phase.
The concentric phase will take the Wildcats right in to their season, the Wildcats head football coach said.
Coach Owens said that the team will continue the concentric phase until the team has an open day, which will be utilized for another isometric or “pause” phase.
The coach said he continues to build on the Edge’s progress by increasing the percentages of maximum weights for an individual, which will help student athletes mentally prep themselves for a long season that will not be won or lost in one game.
For now, the Edge will continue to build on their strong foundation that the summer strength and conditioning program has created.
The Edge for football runs Monday through Thursday at the Multi Purpose Building, from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. for students entering ninth through twelfth grade, and 10 A.M. until noon for students entering the seventh through ninth grades.