Coach Jim Carr has been pleased with many aspects of this year’s spring football at Harrison County High School.
Spring football is governed by the KHSAA as to length of practices and also how long the practices can be held during the off season.
The practices allowed are 10 two-hour practices which must be held over a 15-day period.
Middle schools may also hold practice but the athletes who are still in the eighth grade, though they will be freshmen next year, may not compete with the high school students.
Carr said he has been happy for the most part with the number of players who have been out both with him and his staff with the high school squad and the middle school group with Coach Dr. Chris Kerns.
“We have had between 20-25 high school players and 30-35 middle school players out for each practice,” said Carr. “We are appreciative of the cooperation that we have gotten from the track coach, Robert Walker. He has allowed his track people to come over and participate with us after they have had some time at track practice.”
The football sessions are being held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with this Friday being the last practice.
“We will not have a scrimmage since I promised Coach Walker that we would limit the contact, but we will play a flag game or something on Friday at 6:30 just so the boys can have some fun,” noted Carr.
A regular practice day consists of 40 to 45 minutes of individual offensive and defensive drills after a good 15 to 20 minutes of stretching and exercise.
After the individual work the players work out on the blaster machine, which is designed to aid with blocking and tackling technique.
The “blaster” was a neglected piece of equipment not used since the days of Coach Ray Graham and was refurbished by the current staff.
“We have made good use of the blaster along with the tackling sleds that Dr. Kerns got for us,” said Carr. “Coach Kerns bought a five-man tackling sled for the middle school team and the other sleds for the varsity.”
All of this spring work is leading up to the beginning of practice next year where the Thorobreds plan a much more successful season.
Also going along with the work on the field and the weight room goes the fund raising part, which no coach or coaching staff likes, but it is a fact of life for high school sports programs today.
The first booster club meeting of the year will be held on May 14 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
At this meeting Carr and booster president Jill Stroub will discuss this year’s fund raising plans.
Utmost among these plans is the NASCAR race at Sparta June 27 through the 30. Last year a few people went over and worked for some good money and the hope is that the boosters can fill a working slot on each day of the race meet.
One other important note which will be discussed at the meeting is the “Free Physical Day” at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
On June 18 from 5-7 p.m. any fall athlete can go to the hospital and have a physical free of charge. Each individual that participates in high school athletics must have a physical on file at the school. Thanks to the hospital this is a free service for the high school athletes.