Football and volleyball teams hit the practice field and courts at 7 a.m. on Monday at A.C. Jones.
Cross country has already been at it for about a week. You might see a few young runners out and about in the early morning hours, so definitely give them a safe passage.
The volleyball girls went through morning conditioning and then came back in the afternoon for a little more sport related instruction and practice.
Head coach Larry Lollar will have to rebuild a little after losing several seniors from last year’s squad. A young but talented freshman class does bode well for the program’s well being.
The Trojan football program got its start under new head coach Troy Moses on Monday. New position coaches are everywhere and they’re bringing a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge to the coaching staff.
The Trojan football team begins a new era with Moses replacing Chris Soza after his five-year run as the Trojans’ head man. A lot of things will be changing, but also a lot of things will remain basically the same.
“The first day was very fast and furious. The players seemed to pick up on everything very quickly, it’s not like we are coming into a place that we have to start from scratch,” said coach Moses.
Moses runs the same offense and basic defense that Soza did. His emphasis on the running game may be a little more pronounced. The offense will be effective and present problems for opposing defenses in just finding which running back has the ball and where is he going with it.
“A lot of the things that we are doing are things that the players have already been doing. Right now, our staff is evaluating every player and trying to get them into the right position,” Moses said.
“That is our main concern right now. Getting players in spots where they can contribute to the team is key.”
Questions for the Trojans begin at the quarterback spot as a replacement for four-year starter Eric Soza is sought. The Trojans also need some linemen to step up on both sides of the ball as most of last year’s starters up front have graduated.
The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats and the Pettus Eagles also hit the practice fields on Monday. Head coach Adam Arroyo will have another young team but will have a much more experienced roster to put on the field.
The Eagles, under head coach Steve Marbach will also be young but with a little more experience under their belts from ast year.
Both teams will have young quarterbacks taking the reins of their offenses and both saw quite a bit of varsity action last year. Sophomore Eagle Ryan Beck is back to guide the wide open Eagle offense.
“Some of our kids have grown up quite a bit since last year, and we are incorporating an even more wide-open offensive style than we used last year,” said Marbach.
“Our players and coaches had a lot of fun the first day, and we’re looking forward to an exciting season.”
Junior Rudy Hernandez will be the man taking the snaps for the Bobcats and should benefit from a good running attack that has returning starters Jordan Carter and Alex Gonzales.
“The first day went good. The kids are excited about the upcoming season. The number of players is way up from last year and we are a lot further (along) with the knowledge of what we are trying to do in our system than we were last year,” Arroyo said.
Both the Lady Cats and the Lady Eagles look to rebuild a little bit in volleyball. Several starters have graduated and but both squads do have a small nucleus of experience on which to build.