With football season fast approaching, the Minden Crimson Tide have wrapped up their offseason training. Next up for head coach Spencer Heard and the Tide is fall camp, which begins August 4.
Coach Heard believes that the hard work his players have put in this summer will pay off in the upcoming season.
"We had a successful offseason," Heard said. "We set a goal as a team to get 30 percent stronger this summer. Lots of our guys not only attained that, but surpassed it."
The strides made in the weight room will be crucial for a very young Crimson Tide team that experienced some growing pains last season.
"It's an ongoing process; we're developing some young guys," Heard said. "Yes, we're a young team, but we aren't using that as a crutch."
With several key players back on defense as well as in the trenches, Heard believes the Tide could see tremendous improvement on the field.
He says having experience in those vital positions is what it will take to get back to prominence in Class 4A.
"I tell my guys all the time, it starts up front on the line," Heard said. " The offseason will benefit us there, and I feel the improvement up front will bleed over into other areas."
The Crimson Tide will be breaking in some new players at the skill positions, which means it will have to rely on its defense at times this season. Thankfully, Coach Heard has players on that side of
the ball who can be difference makers.
"We return a couple guys on defense who can really play," Heard said. "We have Marcellous Moses back to anchor our secondary. He's a guy who's a two year starter."
Also back is senior linebacker, Taylor "Tiny" McKissack.
"Tiny is a guy who played some fullback for us last year," Heard said. "We're working him at inside linebacker right now and he's been great. He's still going to play some fullback though."
The Crimson tide will be back in live action on August 22 at The Pit for a scrimmage with North Webster at 6:30 p.m.