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“Be violent! Be violent! Be violent!
“Rip! Rip! Rip! Rip! Rip!”
Those were the refrains of defensive ends coach Roger Barlow Monday as the Central High School Red Raiders faced their first day of practice in full pads. It was the first opportunity for players to hit hard and tackle to the ground, and CHS coaches were working to make sure the time wasn’t wasted.
“Offense is controlled aggression,” Barlow explained. “Well, defense isaggression. Defense is violence. Defense is excitement.”
Following evening practice, the players are doing something a little different this year: shed the pads and head immediately to the weight room for an hour of lifting.
“It’s kind of our way of doing two-a-days,” explained third-year head coach Lee Davis. “When I first got here we tried two-a-days, but the heat, the time, wouldn’t allow us to. So we decided this was the best way to still get our conditioning in, still get our weights and get us stronger and get a full practice in.”
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do. For us to be a good football team, we’ve got to get better in a hurry,” Davis emphasized. “We’ve got to get better, but for a first day, I’ll take it.”
The Raiders are trying to bounce back from a 2-8 season. Read more in this year’s fall sports preview, which will be published Aug. 21.
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