The Minden High Crimson Tide wrapped up their first week of practice in the grueling heat. The Tide has been working hard on the field, as well as the weight room, to try and make the 2014 season a successful one.
Now with less than three weeks until the Tide takes on Haynesville in their jamboree, Minden High put on the pads today for the first time this season.
Second year head coach, Spencer Heard, said that overall he was pleased with the first day of hitting.
"Overall I was pleased," Heard said. "It's good to get back in pads because it gives us a true look at what's really going on. You also see who's in shape and who needs to be conditioning better. It takes some guys three or four days to get used to the extra weight of the pads and moving with them on."
Heard said that by the end of the week as players get used to the combination of full pads and heat, the Crimson Tide will be looking more like the team opponents will see this season.
Physically, I can tell we're going to be much stronger," Heard said. "We're going to be better at tackling also, guys are getting in the right spots and can tackle. We just need to get in shape to be able to do it for a whole game."
Despite the tired legs near the end, the Tide looked sharp throughout the beginning and middle of practice. Receivers and defensive backs took turns winning one-on-one battles and the pads were popping during blocking drills with the linemen.
Heard said he feels like the players on each unit are getting better every practice.
"I feel like we're progressing every day," Heard said. "Offensively our rhythm will come with repetition. It's the same with special teams, and as far as defense goes we look good flying to ball. We'll know more about them once we get in some more pad work."