More work to doPublished 1:45pm Thursday, August 15, 2013
With fall practice in full swing, the Dadeville Tigers are continuing to build depth while gelling in time for their season-opening contest versus Reeltown.
The problem is, the recent stretch of bad weather hasn’t allowed the team to make the most of its practice time.
“Our practice field is a mudhole right now,” said DHS head football coach Richard White. “We don’t want to tear up our game field, though. Last week, I had to send the kids home early because I was scared the field conditions would lead to one of them tearing their ACL or something.”
Despite the less than stellar conditions, the Tigers are making progress, White said.
“At this point, we’re right where I thought we would be,” White said. “The players are flying around, getting after it and improving. We still have a ways to go, and we aren’t ready to play a game by any means, but we are improving.”
This season, the Tigers have an experience-laden squad.
One area in particular is offensive line, where four of the five linemen are returning from last season.
Another unit White has his eye on is the secondary.
While the unit itself has a good amount of playing time under its belt, White wants the defensive backs to work on their communication.
“We’re still looking for the right bunch of players that will be able to talk to each other out there,” White said. “Communication is the key back there. We’ve got some guys that like to talk in class, but they are as quiet as church mice on the field.”
White said he hopes the weather will clear up soon, but until then, the Tigers will find a way to stay sharp.
Recently, the team has taken to classroom work to get their assignments down.
“During our Wednesday practice, we did mental work in the gym,” he said. “We want to make sure our guys are making the right reads and that they know what they’re supposed to do.”