Summer weather may have returned, but Central High School football gave fans a taste of what's to come in the fall Friday, May 17. With 98 days until the season opener on August 23, the Red Raiders hosted an open practice and scrimmage to close out spring workouts.
"We did what we set out to," Coach Doug Greene said. "We got lined up, we played fast, I was very pleased with that."
The event was held at the CHS practice field and began with team drills before beginning the light scrimmage. The team closed it out by serving barbecue and interacting with the crowd.
On the field, the team's defense was an area of strength on display. Of particular note for the defense was setting edges, something Greene said the team had improved on over the last few weeks. Kicking was also strong, with one kick sent through the goal posts from 45 yards out.
"The defense really flew around to the ball," Greene explained. "They set good edges and we've improved our tackling quite a bit."
Offensively, Greene was pleased with the overall effort. Through spring practice, areas of note included quarterback options and play fakes. He also said there were smaller things that still needed to be worked on.
"We threw the ball fairly well I thought in the seams. We've still gotta work on our decision making," Greene said. "We've still gotta clean up a lot of the detail but we got the big stuff in."
In Greene's estimation, overall team cohesion appeared strong through May workouts. He went on to say that the boys appeared to have embraced his more up-tempo practice style.
The Raiders plan to return to the field July 8 at 8 a.m. to kick off summer practice. The team will have grown in numbers by then and added new coaches in addition to rising freshmen.
"I've always said June is the month," Greene said. "I tell the boys if they can make it through June, they're not only gonna be stronger and in shape but they'll actually understand what we're doing."