Football gets jump start on 2021 season with spring practice

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Matt Swinnea

Taking the field before the sun rises, or after school, the football team is kicking off its 2021 season with spring practice. “It gives us a good start going into summer so we can prepare for next season and add on to what we’ve been doing,” junior Aaron Rogers said.

Christian Sutton, WTV Staff Reporter

The school year is winding down, but football is kicking off its 2021 season with spring ball.

After making the playoffs for the first time in years, the Redhawks are back on the field, excited to be able to see what they have for next year’s season, and to be able to give the players opportunities to showcase their skills   

“We are excited about getting back into spring football,” head coach Matt Swinnea said. “We didn’t have spring football last year and so it’s usually an opportunity for three things. One is for players to get better as well as to compete for spots so its for the players, it’s also for the coaches because we can experiment with schemes, we can try and see what best fits our personality and our players, and last one is a big one, is to grow as a team so this kind of kicks off the new season and helps propel us into a hopefully a championship season.”   

With seniors having wrapped up their playing career, these practices provide the chance for other people to show what they have. 

“It’s just a really good opportunity, especially to the younger guys to kind of showcase their abilities to the coaches and earn themselves playing time and a spot for next year,” wide receivers coach Kenny Schiumo said. “We are missing, especially at the skill positions, we are missing a lot of guys who are competing in track and baseball right now so we are getting a good look at a lot of the younger guys. We want to capitalize off our playoff berth last season and do great things this year, and we gotta be deep to do that so we need more guys and our frontline guys and we get an opportunity to evaluate the guys and spend time with them.” 

The players are also excited for spring football and the opportunities it brings. 

“Spring football gives us a chance to get better, come together, and play football again,” junior Aaron Rogers said. “Everyone comes from their different sports and the freshman get to experience it since we haven’t had it for the past two years. It gives everyone a chance to show off their work they have put in since offseason, and it gives us a good start going into summer so we can prepare for next season and add on to what we’ve been doing.”