Wildcat football blogs Day 14
AM WORKOUTS - -The morning practice at 8 a.m. Thursday was a workout where coaches were intent on polishing some plays and techniques which would be used against Terrell in the Friday scrimmage.
WEATHER REPORT - practices opened under semi-cool 79 degree temperatures, no wind or clouds. By the time practice ended it over 90 minutes later things and sticky with the temperature now at 91 degrees and climbing.
HARD WORK - Head coach Greg Owens knows that you have to put in the work to get better. He was instructing the offensive line on the purpose of some drills. "These drills are not just to consume time. They are to designed make you better.
Owens admitted that having inexperienced players on the offensive line is a concern. He also said pad level was too high and footwork of the big guys up needed improvement. But Owens stressed that it all can be improved with hard work and reps.
INTENSITY -- Drills with dummies continued with coaches wanting better performances that they were getting. The players were told to "hit it put something into it. Don't stop. Run right through it."
COACH TALK - Derek Smith was explaining to the defensive ends their objectives in the scrimmage vs. Terrell. Drills continued with Smith saying, "Get down, move one way or the other. If you are doing a stunt and you don't move quickly, you are going to get taken out by your own guy. That's not good."
The action moved to contact drills and Smith said, "I need a push, come on... what kind of love tap was that?"
TWO WAY TALENT - Cody Clayton is playing wide receiver and on defense has switched from safety to cornerback. The 5-7 junior says he like offense better. He smiled and said, "But I like to hit on defense." So he has the best of both worlds. Coaches cautioned all players going both ways to work on getting into shape. All players were told to "get a wash" or drill water at every break.
THE OC - Jeff Riordan offensive coordinator summed his group in one sentence, "We are pretty good when we are focused, but when we are not focused, we're pretty bad." Riordan continued, telling receivers, "Don't drop it, don't let the ball hit the ground. This is time to work on plays, tomorrow is game day!"
SPECIAL CASES - action moved to special teams with Greg Owens leading the drill. He barked, "You had better listen to me because I will not ask you twice. Jog on and off the field, we are not walking here. We are doing work."
Kickoff and kick returns were practiced with some intensity. Tre Dean had a nice hit. Kicker Fernando Arellano made some good kicks.
OLD SCHOOL - in some drills coaches, not players, are under center running plays for the Wildcats to get a good luck at a formation. On Wednesday it was option fullback O line coach William Blaylock chunking a long pass. Today it was coach defensive coach Rodney Flowers running the option, complete with a blind pitch to trailing back Joe Scott.
Flowers said, "I had to go old school and I didn't even look, I knew Scott would be there."
FINAL SCRIMMAGE - the Wildcats will have their final scrimmage of year Friday against Terrell. The Tigers went 8-3 last year, earning their first playoff berth in five years.
The JV/9th grade will hit Gerald Field Prim's gridiron at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.
SCHOOL'S IN - The Wildcats will return to their after school practice schedule Monday. Work also is done in athletic periods.
School starts for all students Monday. The summer is gone, but hot weather continues until at least mid-October.
Yes, I have been through this before. I have been covering high school football either as a photographer, writer or both since 1978.
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