RLS has ‘good’ football spring practice

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 17, 2012

Red Level’s Dee Tolbert runs a run and pitch play Tuesday during spring practice. The Tigers will face McKenzie tomorrow night for their spring game. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Red Level will end its spring football practice today, and considering the time of the school year, Tigers coach Tony Ingram said it’s gone “pretty well.”

For the past couple weeks, RLS has hit the field, where it has concentrated on such things as the offensive line and skill positions, Ingram said.

“What is not so good is the depth,” he said about what he saw at the practices. “We have no depth on the offensive line. We’re pretty deep in skill positions. It takes a special breed to play in the offensive line. It’s a very unglamorous position.”

But overall, Ingram said he saw a “mental focus” from the players on their approach every day on the game.

“I think we were focused, considering the time of year,” he said. “There was a lot of enthusiasm. We scaled back this week to focus on teaching and what we’re trying to do.”

Tomorrow night, RLS will host McKenzie in its spring game, which will kick off at 7 p.m. The junior varsity and varsity squads will alternate quarters of play, with JV starting in the first quarter.

“It’s a spring game and you want to see the kids in the game to give you an idea, and maybe who else can play,” Ingram said. “That’ll make or break you come fall. You always find surprises, some you weren’t counting on.”

After the spring game, the football team will shut down one week after school, and will pick back up for summer work outs the first week of June. RLS will do its maxes, and then after will work out for three days a week for the rest of the summer. The football team will have off for the week of July 4.