Bearcats open spring practice

Published 8:18 pm Friday, May 6, 2011

JUNIOR RUNNING BACK Terry Lewis sprints forward with the ball as offensive line blockers lead the way for him during a drill conducted on the first day of spring football practice at Bainbridge High School on Thursday.

Between 90 and 95 rising 10th through 12th graders turned out for the opening day of Bainbridge High School spring football practice Thursday at the school practice field.

The Bearcats will work for 10 days, concluding on Wednesday, May 18. Varsity Head Coach Ed Pilcher says they could have an intersquad scrimmage on the final day.

“The first day went really well Thursday,” he said. “We got some good hitting in and the workouts were at a high energy level.”

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Three players, rising senior running back Aaron Hall, rising junior wide receiver and defensive back A.J. Miller and rising senior defensive back Rhyan Edwards are members of the boys track team that is competing in the State Class AAAA Track Meet this weekend in Jefferson. They will begin practicing with the football team on Monday, Pilcher said.

“All of our young men have worked hard in the weight room and they know that if they continue to work hard some good things can happen,” Pilcher said. “We did a lot of hitting the first day. We are stronger overall as a team this spring.”

“It is important that we maintain a quick pace in our practice sessions. It was a little cool on Thursday, but the heat and the gnats are coming.”

The 2011 Bearcats will look to improve upon a 3-7 overall record last year in a season that was plagued by injuries. The season begins August 27, when BHS will host a perennial rival, the Class AA Early County Bobcats, at Centennial Field.