CARSON CITY — Learning the spread offense continued for Carson City-Crystal’s football team Tuesday.
The Eagles practiced the spread offense on the practice field behind the baseball diamond for the second day in the heat of the afternoon.
Coach Ben Brock was thankful for the opportunity to take over as coach from Devin Pringle.
“It was nice that the administration here came to me and talked to me about being part of the football program and bringing it up to where we want it to be,” Brock said. “ So once June 10 hit and I was officially hired, I was rejuvenated all over again.”
Brock said the summer went well.
“It was a lot of good bonding time and I don’t know if I’ve had a group that was in better shape in this quick of a time than we have,” he said.
The first two practices of the season were about putting in the spread offense Brock wants to run.
“What we’ve been doing in the first couple of practices is we’ve been going off what we did all summer long, which was install the spread offense,” he said. “ With the spread offense you can’t really work on offensive line things very much as far as rules and as far as the run game, with pass-blocking that’s not there in a 7-on-7. So it’s mostly been our receivers and our D-backs (defensive backs in 7-on-7s) getting a lot of work against a lot of fast, very athletic teams like Ithaca, Grayling and Traverse City Central. We’re learning pretty quick that we may be the fastest and most athletic in our league sometimes but when we go and step outside that in the summer, we want to be challenged.”
Brock said the team is “way ahead of schedule.”
“It’s pretty much a blank slate for most things,” he said. “As far as how we conduct ourselves at practice, how we prepare for practice, it’s always a sense of urgency out here. That’s how we run our no-huddle offense, that’s how we play our swarming defense. CC- C stands for, on offense, ‘creating consistent chaos’ and on defense it’s ‘creating consistent collisions.’ We have to be fast, we have to be prepared.”
However, Brock said there was some work to do. “ The biggest hurdle we have to overcome right now is that they’ve not had to perform like this ever in their career,” he said of his team. “When you’re used to doing something a certain way, it’s very tough. It’s like learning a new language all over again. But I really enjoy the enthusiasm they they’ve all had and the effort they’ve all had.
“As far as the spread, we’re at version 1.0. and this is new for me person-ally because where I left at Grayling we were at version 6.0. So we’re going to get there though. I’ve got the group that is going to work towards it and is going to get there.”
CC- C will open the sea-son Aug. 26 at home against Saranac, the only area school that is opening the season on Friday instead of Thursday.