Minden High preparing for ‘11 season and Jam at the Joe
Despite the 100-plus degree weather, the Minden Crimson Tide is back on the practice field preparing for the 2011 football season.
Head coach Randy Peters and his staff are working the Tide hard, but are also keeping an eye on the heat.
"It's been good so far," Peters said. "We've got the kids working hard, but it's hot. We're trying to beat the heat, but we have to get out in it now. We'll be watching them very carefully. We worked on acclimation all last week, and we're still in shorts right now."
The Tide will work in shorts and helmets again today before donning the pads for the first time on Thursday.
The Tide will again take part in the Jam at the Joe at Joe Aillet Stadium at Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Saturday, August 27.
The Tide will be one of 10 teams that will take the field in one Louisiana's largest high school jamborees.
The Tide will kick things off with a noon game against Calvary Baptist. Jonesboro-Hodge and Haynesville will follow at 2 p.m., Cedar Creek and Homer will play at 4 p.m., Farmerville takes on Evangel at 6 p.m. and Ruston and Loyola College Prep cap things off at 8 p.m.
Tickets to catch all five of these exciting matchups are just $7 in advance and $10 at the gate on gameday
"We're excited about going back this year," Peters said. "But I really wish we didn't have to play at noon. It's a great experience for the kids to play there at a college stadium on the turf. It will be good to get some work on the turf, because we'll be back on it for our first playing date against North DeSoto."
The Tide put in a lot of work in the weight room and on the field this summer to get ready for this season.
"The kids have been working really hard," Peters 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. "
After losing quarterback Hunter Leppert to graduation, the Tide is looking to shore up that position. Senior Ronald Richards and sophomore Turner Francis gained a lot of experience during the 7 on 7 workouts this summer.
"We got a good look at our quarterbacks and it was good for them because of their inexperience," Peters said. "I thought we played well. 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."