High school football has become a full time job for kids today. Gone are the days when the football coach would say good bye to his players on the last day of school and them welcome them back when school started in the fall.
Nowadays, with summer conditioning, 7 on 7 programs and summer weight workouts, high school football players are constantly working hard to get better.
And that's what the Minden Crimson Tide football team has done this summer.
The Tide recently hosted Captain Shreve to close out their 7 on 7 games, and continue to work in the weight room. Head coach Randy Peters is pleased with what his team has accomplished this summer.
"The kids have been working really hard," he said. "Everything seems to be going well. We've had a good turnout for our weight workouts and it seems to get better every year. "
With a lot of kids having summer jobs, the Tide coaches set up two different times for the weight workouts to give every player a chance to attend.
"We split it up into a morning workout or one at night," Peters said. "It gave the kids a chance to work and not miss out on the weights."
After losing quarterback Hunter Leppert to graduation, Peters knew that the Tide would have to play an inexperienced quarterback this fall. Senior Ronald Richards and sophomore Turner Francis have gained a lot of experience this summer during the 7 on 7 workouts and games.
"I think the 7 on 7's have gone very well," Peters said. "We got a good look at our quarterbacks and it was good for them because of their inexperience. They were able to get a lot of work done. "
The 7 on 7 program allowed the Tide coaches to not only get a look at the quarterbacks, but also the receivers and running backs as well.
"I thought we played well," he said. "I think we had five games total, we got a lot of work in. Not only did we get a look at our quarterbacks, but we were able to get a look at a lot of other guys at the other positions as well."
Peters is happy with what his team has done so far, but he knows there is still time to get even better.
"You can see the improvement that the kids have made so far," he said. "You can notice that a number of kids look thicker and just bigger overall. I think it's been a real good summer for us, but we still have some time to go. We just want to close out the summer strong before we go to camp."