The Glenbrook Apaches kicked off their 2013 football season with a pair of practices Thursday morning.
Second year coach Greg Tibbitt was pleased overall with the effort of his squad, chalking up some sloppy execution to the first practice of the season. He expects the boys to improve each time they step on the field.
Following the first morning practice, Tibbitt called a group of seniors together and challenged them to execute their plays in a better fashion and to go full speed throughout their workouts.
"You be the example for these younger guys," Tibbitt told the boys.
Thursday's practices followed a hard summer in the weight room and on the 7 on 7 practice field.
"Our kids have hit the weights hard this summer. We are definitely bigger and stronger this year," Tibbitt said in a previous interview with the paper. "We have had a great summer. We played in two tournaments in Arkansas where we faced a lot of tough competition and learned a lot about ourselves as well."
Changes in the coaching staff this season include assistant coach James Thurman running the offense and Tibbitt heading the defense, a reverse from last year.
"A head coach is only as good as his assistants," he said. "Coach Thurman has a great offensive mind. For us to be successful I have to use our strengths. The offense will be similar to last year's, and we shouldn't miss a beat there. We will still be a spread team, and we will still sling the football. Some of the concepts in our passing attack may be just a little different."
Defensively, the Apaches will be a 3-3 stack team.
"We have more speed than we have size so we had to find something that would take advantage of that," Tibbitt said.
With all the 7 on 7 and summer weight work behind them, Tibbitt is ready for the beginning of the season.
"Summer seems to get shorter and shorter each year," he said. "But we're ready to get started. We have a very tough schedule this year, moving up to AA as well as opening the season with not only an AAA school in Madison Ridgeland Academy but maybe the best team in the entire association this year. So we know we have our work cut out for us during these next few weeks of two-a-days."