CARSON CITY — The weather that pushed through the state Tuesday afternoon had an effect on football practice for Carson City-Crystal.
The JV and varsity teams were forced inside Tuesday afternoon because of the storms that came through. So the Eagles ran some drills inside.
So far, coach Devin Pringle has been happy with the way things have gone in the first week-plus of practice.
“It’s been good,” he said. “Good pace, the kids have a great attitude. I can see as a trademark of this team is they come early and stay late. We don’t have to do a lot of correcting for things that waste time. The kids take care of that themselves. We’ve been able to get a lot of learning in.”
Pringle said the tempo of the game has been a focal point in the first week of practice
“Right now we’re talking a lot of pace,” he said. “Repetition, the basic fundamentals. It’s such a teaching time. We have eight new guys on the offensive side of the ball, so it’s maybe not like one of those years where you have nine kids back and you’re doing more spit-and-polish. We’re teaching a lot of basic stuff.”
So far the Eagles are right where they were last year, according to Pringle.
“I don’t want to say we’re further ahead than last year, because last year we were installing a new offense too. But I would say we’re on that same pace as we were a year ago getting the learning in.”
Pringle said the spit-and-polish will start shortly.
“Now we’ve got to do some polishing,” he said. “We have the base product put together. Now you have to paint it, polish it, put some features on it. That’s the stuff we’ll be focusing on next week. Our offense is predicated on what they see across from them and stemming and what they’re doing. So it’s going from the base to making sure the kids can make adjustments on the fly.”
That doesn’t just apply to the offense, Pringle noted.
“Defensively we haven’t had a chance to step up the contact yet,” he said. “They’ll get a little taste of that Thursday when we go over to the scrimmage. We have to step up a little bit of that and give the kids a taste of game speed.”
Pringle, who was the Associated Press Coach of the Year in Division 5-6, coached CC-Crystal to a 9-0 record in the regular season — their first-ever undefeated regular season — and was 1-1 in the playoffs. So there are expectations for the 2014 squad, said Pringle.
“The good news is these kids expect to win,” he said. “We didn’t come in and lift all those weights and do all that running and go up and work like they did at camp with the anticipation of finishing in the middle of the pack. They expect to be be competing for a league title, and there are some good football teams in our conference. It’s going to be a dogfight but we expect to be in that mix.”
That scrimmage will be at Chesaning, facing former CC-Crystal coach Jason Gray and the Indians, along with Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary and New Lothrup.
“It’s going to be a banger and we’ll figure out where we stand in a hurry at that point,” he said.
The first game for the Eagles will be Aug. 28 in Houghton Lake.