Full contact football practice
By Andy Southard | July 26, 2018 9:49 am
For two weeks, the Warrior football team had been playing two-hand touch. On Monday, the hitting finally began.
Official practice for all fall sports teams began Monday. Football teams had the most noticeable change as the pads went on and they were allowed to hit for the first time since spring practice.
The Warriors hit the field at 8 a.m., on Monday, for the first practice. That practice lasted about three hours. The Warriors met again, on Tuesday, and would get in a lift before heading down to the practice field for about a two-and-a-half-hour practice.
The Warriors were blessed with near-perfect practice weather both days. There was no need for the hygrometer thus far. Unlike past years, the humidity and heat index has not been a factor.
Coach Jerry Lowery talked about how practice has gone thus far.
“I thought the first day, we came out sluggish,” said Lowery. “I don’t know if it was just the change and the guys were getting used to the routine or what. However, I’m pleased with the effort of the guys after the first two days. I have also been pleased with the efforts of Coach Beaty and Coach Seagraves, our new offensive and defensive coordinators. They are doing an excellent job with our guys. They are trying to install the new offense and defense, and our guys are catching onto it pretty quick. This week, we are trying to make sure we are giving every player reps. We are trying to build a program, and that’s where it starts. It also starts with our middle school program. The middle school program has also done a great job at getting on board and have been doing a great job over there. Overall, though, I am very pleased with everything right now.”
The first week of practice will culminate with a scrimmage, on Friday, at Jackson County High School. Lowery talked about what he is looking for at the scrimmage.
“On Friday, we want to be able to line up against different sets without the help of the coaches standing there telling them where to go,” he said. “Right now during practice, we have been taking our time and stopping to show each player where to go and what to do. On Friday, we would like to run the offense and defensive sets with the help of the coaches. If we can do that, I feel like that is something we can build off. This year, we want to play fast, and, on Friday, we are going to try it out. I feel like, on Friday, if we can come out and play fast, then that will be a successful day.”
The Warriors and Jackson County will hit the field, on Friday, at 8 a.m., at Jackson County High School. The day will start off with both teams splitting up their linemen and skill positions on to separate sides of the field. The lineman will work together doing different drills, and the skill position players will work together doing 7-on-7s. The day will finish up with both teams lining up and having a full-controlled scrimmage.
The Warriors will get their season started on Aug.17 when they travel to Livingston. The Warriors’ first home game will be Aug. 24, at Dee Harris Field, when the Warriors take on Warren County.