Area teams return to practice

By Jason Avery

News-Times Staff

Around Union County, schools with the exception of Parkers Chapel took the field for the first time in pads on Monday.

And while the wet weather may have kept some teams indoors, Strong worked outside, using a little-used area of their field to get their work done.

"We had a pretty good today," said Strong coach Greg Anthony. "You're always worried about injuries and tearing the field up, so we went outside of the playing surface. We did some individual drills, but we did one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three and four-on-four drills of blocking and tackling with one ball carrier."

Anthony added that they did the drills with the offense trying to score a touchdown from near the goal line, as well as trying to move the ball forward from their 1-yard line.

"The seniors stepped up and led us," Anthony said. "We got quite a bit accomplished."

Anthony said the Bulldogs worked on both sides of the ball while doing conditioning, as well as plenty of work in the weight room.

One team that was forced to go inside because of the rain was Smackover, but first-year coach Michael Baysinger said that didn't deter his team.

"It went pretty good," Baysinger said. "We had to go inside because of the rain so we didn't get as much done as we had hoped, but it was still a really good practice. Everything is going pretty good right now."

Baysinger added that a final determination on the location of Tuesday's wouldn't be made until today.

The lone team that didn't practice on Monday was Parkers Chapel.

However, that was due to the Trojans formally starting work in pads early Saturday morning.

"I was very pleased," Midyett said of the workout.

"I thought we had good intensity. The kids were excited to be out there at a little different time, and I thought we had a good first day in pads. Now the trick is going to be to get the same intensity everyday."

The Trojans are scheduled to return to the practice field this afternoon.

Like Smackover, Junction City spent its first day in pads inside, but first-year coach Steven Jones was pleased with what he saw.

"It went good," Jones said.

"We're excited to be in pads and go full contact, but we made sure to practice safely and stay up so we don't get anybody banged up this early in practice. We really built on last week and had a positive day."

Jones said that a final determination on whether Tuesday's practice would be inside or outside wouldn't be made until today.

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