G’field football focuses on selves
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:10 am
The Yellowjackets — 3-7 in 2010 — had a two-week practice session in which the squad focused on getting back to the basics.
As a matter of a fact, G’field elected not to scrimmage another team.
“That’s been my philosophy in spring football every since I took the job,”
Yellowjacket skipper Jason Rodehaver said. “I feel like if you scrimmage someone in the spring that you take two or three days of practice focusing on preparing for them.
“That’s something we do every week throughout the season and the spring is the one time of the year that I think we should focus on ourselves.”
That said, Greenfield didn’t merely take it easy during its spring session.
“We’ve had a huge focus on our fundamentals,” Rodehaver explained. “We’ve worked on where to plant our hand on a stance and ball-handling drills for our receivers.
“It’s all fundamental stuff, but it’s what I think spring football is all about. It’s a time for coaches to teach and for players to learn.”
Certainly one unit G’field shouldn’t have to teach many fundamentals to is its offensive line.
The Yellowjackets are returning an experienced line that includes (all seniors) center Andre Allen, guards Braxton Tucker and Reed Wright and tackles Scott Davidson and Chase Pentecost.
Also, the Yellowjackets have juniors Joseph Pope, Adam Bethel and Payton Page in the mix for positions on the line.
“That should be one of our strengths,” Rodehaver said of his line. “I think we’ll surprise a lot of people with our athleticism, too.”
Though the athleticism is a plus, the team’s overall depth has Rodehaver concerned.
Greenfield has had about 25 players during its spring workouts.
“It’s tough when you have small numbers,” Rodehaver said, while forecasting the inevitable. “There’s going to be injuries throughout the course of the season and that’s something that is a top concern for a team with low numbers.
“Our numbers have been down the past few years. We’ve had a few large senior classes, but a small number of freshmen to replace them with.”
Also, the Yellowjacket mentor would like to see his young skill players grow quickly into their new roles as the graduation of quarterback Dalton Potts and wide receivers Tyler Jones and Brady Medling among others has left the team with a lack of experience among its ball-handlers.
That has also prompted Rodehaver to begin to make a change from the spread offense employed last year to the double wing.
Though young, quarterbacks Austin Pence — a sophomore in the fall — and rising freshman Miles Cavitt have impressed Rodehaver as has halfback Blake Miller (a senior in the fall).
Christian McAllister, who could see time as a running back or a wideout, is also one of the top skill players coming out of spring drills as is fullback Jeremy Lannom.
Rodehaver said his team will hit the weightroom early in the summer to build its strength.
Greenfield opens the 2011 campaign on August 26 at home against Weakley county rival Gleason.
The Bulldogs are one of four non-district games on the Yellowjackets slate for the upcoming campaign.
G’field will also do battle with West Carroll and Bruceton in non-league action.
The Yellowjackets also take on Riverside — a 2A team that was state-ranked last season.