CARSON CITY – Carson City-Crystal’s football team has a few weeks of practice under their belt, and as far as coach Devin Pringle is concerned, so far so good.
The Eagles started practice Monday, Aug. 12, by going to Camp Northwoods northeast of West Branch. They stayed there for three days while there were no pads allowed for practice by Michigan High School Athletic Association rule.
“It was excellent,” Pringle said of the camp. “We took the entire program, freshmen through seniors. We all went together with the coaches.”
The camp was busy from sunrise to sundown, Pringle said.
“We were up at seven in the morning and we have an 8-11:30 practice,” he said. “We came in for lunch and then went back out there from 1-4:30. We came in for dinner then we were back out from 6-8. We had a snack, then we had some positional meetings and they were to bed. We repeated the process.”
It was a beneficial camp, according to Pringle.
“We were able to get quite a lot of work in during that three-day period and it gives us a chance to do a little bonding together, suffering together and helped in forging a team,” he said.
At this point in the practice season, Pringle is happy with where the Eagles are.
“Coming in and putting in the things I like to do, there was some correlation with the things we do (with previous coach Jason Gray),” Pringle said. “I’ll be honest; right now we are probably where the teams I had returning that have run the same things in the past have been. I don’t think we missed a beat because of camp. We’re not where we need to be come kickoff, but we are where I hoped we’d be.”
Pringle took over for Gray when Gray accepted the head coaching job at Chesaning. So being a new coach and having to install some of the things he wants to, the learning curve has been great for the team.
“We have a great group of seniors,” he said. “That was the first group we sat with at camp. We told them, ‘You can lead this group awful quick or you can lead them to where we have a tradition around here of competing for championships and playoffs.’ It was real clear to me that the kids had a direction and the attitude was where it needed to be.”
Before hosting Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary this Thursday, the Eagles will work on the details, Pringle noted.
“We’ve got ‘big picture’ in,” he said. “We have 80 percent of the offensive package in and 80 percent of the defensive package in. The difference between the good and great is when you take the rule and make exceptions to it on the fly. That’s the next step for the kids.”