The Turnaround – Final Week of Camp, Thursday

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Lubbock Head Coach Jason Strunk. Photo courtesy of AbbyReedPhotography.com

Lubbock Head Coach Jason Strunk.
Photo courtesy of AbbyReedPhotography.com

Camp has pretty much come and gone. Today is our last scrimmage and we can say syonara to the 2014 version of Westerner Two-A-Days! It was THEE best camp I was ever a part of as a coach. Tremendous work ethic, grit, determination and resiliency. This team has the edge needed to conquer this thirty-nine year skid of losing seasons. Let’s get rolling, fellas! Continue Reading →

McCluer South-Berkley HS football team returns to practice in Ferguson, Missouri

by Jeff Fisher

As the unrest continues in Ferguson, Missouri over the tragic shooting death of Michael Brown, the McCluer South-Berkley High School (formerly Ferguson High School) continues to be closed.  As we all know, sometimes sports can bring communities together during tough times.  With that as the back-drop, the McCluer South-Berkley football coach went to school officials asking for permission to return to the practice field.

That request was granted earlier this week even though the team can’t practice at the high school that is closed.  Above you can watch a CBS This Morning story about the Bulldogs, who are hoping that their football game Saturday against Cleveland NJROTC will be played as scheduled.  Officials moved they game to an 11 AM start.

Last year, McCluer South-Berkley finished 10-2, advancing to the Missouri Class 3 state quarterfinals.

High School Football Participation increases in 2013-14

For the first time in five years, high school football participation increased in 2013-14, according to the National Federation of High School Associations.

For the first time in five years, high school football participation increased in 2013-14, according to the National Federation of High School Associations.

by Jeff Fisher

For the first time in five years, the numbers of student-athletes playing high school football rose. According to the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), there were 6,607 more boys playing during the 2013-14 school years than the previous.

Overall, there were 1-million-93-thousand-234 participants in football last year. Continue Reading →

The Turnaround – Final Week of Camp, Wednesday

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Jason Strunk and Lubbock football coaching staff

Lubbock HS head coach Jason Strunk believes in taking care of his staff by buying them dinner.

For the first time ever, yes ever, I decided to cut our final Wednesday practice of Summer camp down to an hour. This wasn’t some decision I just drummed up on the fly. Everything you do as a head coach, especially in rebuilding phase, needs to be calculated.

After our practice Tuesday night, which was a good one, I looked around the locker room. I knew after the conditioning we put them through that they gave me all they had. It’s the trademark of this team. I get everything I need from them. So in the locker room Tuesday night I thought to myself, “these guys have given me all they have for three weeks. I need to change something up”. Continue Reading →