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A week into football practices — three of them being with pads — Coach Tommy Felty is pleased with where the North Lamar Panthers are at so far.
“We’re pretty much right on schedule with where we thought we’d be,” Felty told eParisExtra. “With, what, three-padded workouts, it’s going well.”
Although practices have been going for a week, the North Lamar coaching staff has been preparing a little longer. Felty has the luxury of a coaching staff that’s been together for seven or eight years, so they “know pretty well where [they're] going to be.” Felty and his team seem to be in sync and know what they need to work on when practices start for the players.
During the summer months, Coach Felty will discuss things with different coaches and coordinators to let them know what he thinks they need to improve upon and areas they need to fix. The students usually lift weights three days a week and every practice they work on the kicking game, offensive sets and defensive sets.
Conditioning is done during practice while the practice is going on. Coach Felty realized that running sprints at the end of a workout would sometimes cause players to let up towards the end of practice.
“We don’t do a lot of sprints at the end of the workout,” he says. “We try to get a better effort during the workout.”
North Lamar has been practicing in the morning time to avoid the heat, realizing that once school starts back practices will be delegated to after school. North Lamar is gearing up for a scrimmage this Friday against Prairiland at home. The season starts August 30 at home against Commerce.
Follow North Lamar football all season on Twitter: @eparisextra
By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra