The Turnaround – Game Week Wednesday

School Spirit at Lubbock High School

School spirit in the halls of Lubbock High School in west Texas.

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
Follow @WestTXCoach

The weeks roll by so fast once the season starts. You work so much you don’t realize how fast it goes by. I guess that is a good thing.

The fact that Wednesday practice was on us so fast is irrelevant. Everybody has the same amount of days and the same amount of time to get it right. No sense in complaining about it. Just get it done.

I personally love our Wednesday workouts. We go for sixty minutes. They are full tempo, all out practices. We reduce practice time gradually over four days. Monday and Tuesday are long days. Wednesday and Thursday we go for sixty. That’s it. No need to go longer. We hammer home the conditioning on Monday and Tuesday. Then we spend the next two days getting their legs under them. So far it has been proven to be a good recipe for us.

Wednesday was a crisp practice for us. It was good, not great. But I liked the energy and urgency. We just need to clean a few things up. Being patient is the key. Thursday will be better than today. That’s just how it is and how it’s going to be. No exceptions.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
In 2009, while I was at Plant City HS, we started fifteen sophomores. Yes. You read that right. Fifteen. We had some cats that could go. Dazmond Patterson, Bennie Coney, LaMarlin Wiggins, just to name a few. All major college level players by the time they graduated. You need to be a special talent to play that young on varsity. Well, we have some at LHS that will be doing that this year.

RB Dae Dae Morgan, WR Blake Robbins, OLB Ty Doss, OL Pooh Bear Ambriz, OL Josh Hoeve and DL Tyree Johnson will be strapping it up on Friday night. This group of sophs have come a long way and have proven they belong. I cannot wait to see them unleashed Friday night. They are a great bunch of kids that have the “it” factor. They want it. They want to be great!

SCHOOL SPIRIT
Lubbock FootballWalking through halls of historic Lubbock High is special. So much tradition. Buddy Holly used to walk these halls. Three state champion football teams roamed these halls. It’s nostalgic. We have something special going on here at this school.

The students are pumped for another season. The balls are decorated with signs. It’s a great feeling. You can feel the energy behind this team right now. The students are involved and it is awesome to see for our kids. Changing the mentality across the board. It’s essential in rebuilding!

RANDOMNESS
– I would rather watch a game of checkers than an NFL game.
– I grew up watching The Big Ticket, the first high school football highlight show in America. It was started by Jeff Fisher, the guy I write this blog for.
– Can’t wait for college football to start. Prediction: Texas A&M crushes SC. Saw Kenny Hill play. IMO he is better than Manziel.
– The Yankees will never be the same without the Boss and Joe Torre.
– I hate seafood.

Alright. Wednesday is in the books. Adios! And FIO as usual!!

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.