The Turnaround: Thursday, a Prelude to Friday

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I love Texas. Seriously, there is no state that does it quite like the Lone Star State. A Thursday jam packed with football is a great prelude to Friday night lights.

Thursday’s are our JV/Freshmen game days. We hosted a triple header at Chapman, with teams from Canyon and Andrews making a two-hour trip from opposite directions to play the Westerners. It’s lots of fun see the bleachers full and our young guys playing on a sun splashed field.

I’m sure other states do things great too. But, there is just something about Texas that makes it special. It’s THEE state. Football is it. A tripleheader? Wow! You gotta love it! Thursday helps get your blood boiling for Friday football action.

I hosted a team meeting today in the locker room. It was just me and the team. I do this periodically. I try to pick my spots with it. The purpose is to just chat, share info and gauge the pulse of the team.

I preach openness. I want my guys to be open with me, so I allow them to tell me what they are feeling, thinking and seeing. I won’t let you speak unless you lay it all out on the table. It is great. The kids enjoy it. From this day forward we all have a new understanding of each other.

I learned a lot today just by talking to my team. You can too. It’s s worthy investment.

We needed a bounce back day today and we got it!

The attitude was great. The effort was good. We had a sharp mental focus. Tomorrow, we practice one more time and hit the road for Andrews. We need to have a good practice before we leave. Let’s loosen things up and let it rip!


-I don’t like the color red.
-I met a guy today. His name was Lloyd. He was from the Banana Republic. Never heard of the place.
-Tyler Lloyd is getting flabby.
-How awful are the Buccaneers going to be this season? I imagine they will be pretty crabby in Tampa.
-Selanne’s Steakhouse in Laguna Beach is the best. Just as ask Jeff and Trish.
-People need to relax, especially coaches.
-Exercise is the key to a healthy mind. Make sure you work out and treat your body
-Hoping Purdue turns the corner this year and goes bowling. Boilerup!
-Nate Jephcott is a ballet instructor in his spare time.
-Tyler Trout still can’t find his script.

That is all she wrote. Tomorrow is game day! Let’s get it!


About the Author

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.