Straughn takes practice one day at a time

Published 11:59 pm Monday, August 3, 2009

Straughn is taking it one practice at a time as the Tigers gear up for the fall football season.

“It’s real hard to do,” Straughn coach Trent Taylor said. “We will continue to do some of the things we have been doing for the last three weeks and then we’ll obviously add to that doing special teams stuff.”

Taylor said one reason the team is participating in one practice per day is because teachers have to be in the school on Wednesday to get prepared for school, which starts on Aug. 10 for the county school system.

“At a small school you want to be real careful as far as not putting the kids in a situation for injury. But with that said, we’ve got to knock it around a little bit,” he said. “It’s been months since spring training since they’ve strapped it on and run into each other.

“We’ll have to spend the next five or six days going back to working on what it’s like to be hit,” he said.

On Friday night, Straughn will hold its annual “Meet the Tigers” night where the team will play a scrimmage game. The game starts at 6 p.m.

Taylor said he believes his team is in good shape after a long summer in the weight room.

“I think each team has its own personality,” he said. “We’ve got to get after each other for a couple of weeks. We don’t have a jamboree game, so we’ve got to knock on each other for three weeks in prep for that first game.”

In order to combat the heat, Taylor said frequent breaks during practice and plenty of water will be provided.

“We have three young ladies that are here every practice and they make sure we have water on the field,” Taylor said. “You have to be smart now-a-days. It’s a lot different than it was.”