By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Brentwood coaches put the offensive and defensive lines through drills during pre-season practice. The Bruins and new head coach Mike Woodward open the season August 23rd at CPA. PHOTOS BY JOE WILLIAMS
Centennial junior Nick Madonia was totally focused on his objective-the football-during the first day of practice in full pads.
High school teams went to full pads on Monday, with pre-season practice, and teaching, getting under way.
The most innovative move was Battle Ground Academy’s “Midnight Madness,” where the first session in full pads began at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.
And it wasn’t even Coach Roc Batten’s idea.
“It was the senior’s idea,” he said with a laugh. “They came to me, and I was all for it. It was a great opportunity for us to bond and do something different.
“They were excited about it. Seeing that makes us as coaches excited.”
The Wildcats will be a step ahead of the past couple of years, as Batten starts is third season at the helm.
Over at Centennial High School, Brian Rector also began his third season, but at a more traditional 7 a.m. start time on Monday, and after the first few days, he’s pleased.
“I like the way we’re getting after it. Right now, we are like everybody else; working on giving 100 percent effort every play and mental toughness.”
The Cougars will get a chance to gauge how successful the first week has been when they face Smyrna in a scrimmage on Mallory Lane tomorrow at 6 p.m.
First year coach Mike Woodward and his staff have spent the first few days at Brentwood High School refreshing returners on the defensive scheme, which will stay the same, while teaching new offense.
“We have had a good first week,” he said during a team water break. “The kids have been very good with the mental part of the changes, picking up what we are putting in really quick. And the weather has been unbelievable.”
The Bruins will face off against Station Camp in a scrimmage at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at Brentwood – the first chance the team will have to play as a complete unit after a summer of 7-on-7 passing tournaments.
Posted on: 7/31/2013