Warrior football opens summer drills
By Sparta Live | July 14, 2011 12:00 am
Coming off the TSSAA-mandated dead period, the Warrior football team has jumped into action this week.
The team has been working out and practicing each morning. Tuesday afternoon saw the skill position players head to Murfreesboro for a 7-on-7 scrimmage against Siegel High School, who is coached by a former Warrior. Greg Wyant is the head coach of the Stars. Wyant is a 1981 graduate of WCHS and a member of the team that won the Industrial Bowl in the fall of 1980.
The scrimmage was a controlled format with each team going on offense for 10 minutes. Each play came back and started from the original line of scrimmage. Drills in 7-on-7 feature only the skill position players. On offense, it is comprised of the quarterback, running back, wide receivers and tight ends. Defensively, it is defensive backs and linebackers.
Coach Tracy Malone talked about how his team fared in their first outing of the summer.
“I was very pleased. I thought our kids competed well. When it was starters out there against starters, it was 1-1. Siegel is a 6A Murfreesboro school with a lot of athletes. They have a lot more players to pick from than we do. Our kids competed. I thought they played well. We got a little tired there late and that comes back on the coaching. We have to make sure they get their wind back up in conditioning. I thought we were efficient offensively. Defensively, we broke on some balls. We did leave some plays on the field we should have made, but it’s out first time out. We’ll get them again at our place Thursday and then we go to Maryville Saturday. Our goal this week is to get better at our passing game on both sides of the ball. We’ve got some kids that are starting to separate themselves. That’s a good thing to see. We have some kids we want to see keep on working. I was very happy with how things went.”
Siegel will visit Sparta Thursday for more 7-on-7 drills at 6 p.m. Then on Saturday, the team will make their annual trip to Maryville for a 7-on-7 passing camp. WCHS will play five games that day. They begin at 10 a.m. (central) against Sequatchie County. The rest of the schedule is: 11 – William Blount, 1 – Wartburg, 2- Heritage and 3 – Knoxville Central.
On Friday evening, the Warrior football team will host their first Champions Night. The team will have their final summer testing in the weight room and on the track. There will also be an open practice session. All these events are open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.
The official season opener for the Warriors is just over a month away. They will begin the season August 19th at Smith County. WCHS will host a jamboree on August 12th.