As high school football players prepare for their first week of practice, which will begin Tuesday, the basic things which will be worked on is, well — the basics.
“I think the first day or two, we're going to review everything we did in the spring and our camp,” said new Poteau Coach Greg Werner, whose Pirates will have two practices on Tuesday — one at 6:30 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. “We're going to try to polish all that up. Around Thursday and Friday, we'll begin to add more stuff. We'll have a lot to put in and things to do.”
“Just seeing how many players we have out is a key factor for us,” said Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton, whose Mustangs will begin practice at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. “We need to see who's still around, and how good a shape we're in. We've had pretty good numbers in our weight room and working on conditioning. But sometimes you plan on having 25 out, and only 12 show up, or you plan on only having 12 out and 25 show up. We need to see who we have back. Who we have back and what kind of shape we're in are the two main things we need to find out next week.”
“We're going to have a bunch of young kids,” said Talihina Coach Kelly Gravitt. “We're just going to get them lined uip and cover as much of the basics and techniques before we get the pads on (Friday).”
For the Golden Tigers, that will begin with their traditional Midnight Madness practice at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday — the earliest possible time to begin practice.
“It's more of a tradition,” Gravitt said. “The kids and the parents like it. We have a good time. We don't go long, about 45 minutes and let them get out. Then, we'll get after it later that morning.”