Pine River’s numbers low, football team is confident
LEROY -- Chad Phillips has a busy agenda for his Pine River football team the first week of practice as the Bucks prepare for their season opener on Aug. 24.
Players reported to the school late afternoon Sunday to set up camp and then had individual class meetings. Wakeup call came Monday morning with the first practice at 8:30 to focus on offense. There was an afternoon practice focusing on defense.
The same routine was expected to be followed for the next two days with camp breaking up on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, it’s time to put on the pads.
Thursday morning’s schedule called for defense and tackling focus early in the morning and offensive focus later in the morning. The same routine was set for Friday.
Phillips said he had 20 varsity players and 25 JVs.
“We’re low on varsity,” Phillips said. “We only have five juniors. That’s a real low number.”
But the Bucks coach has been somewhat contented with what his players were able to get done coming into the August practice session.
“Summer was hit-and-miss with quite a few guys,” he said. “It wasn’t the commitment you hope for. But so far the guys are working hard and we’re catching up on people. As long as we stay healthy, that’s the key, and we should be competitive.”
Phillips said he has 13 players back from last season.
“We’ve got a good group of seniors,” he said. “We’re pretty excited about that. We’re making some changes so part of it is, making some (adjustments) on offense and new things on defense.”