Bearcats hit the field during the summer to prepare for next season

Published 5:17 pm Friday, June 24, 2016

The summer is no time for rest when you are working to build on one of the most successful seasons in school history.

The Bainbridge High School football team has been working out three days a week throughout the summer with the goal of building on last season, when they finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to the state semifinals.

“Got to continue to get better,” head coach Jeff Littleton said. “We have to continue getting stronger. Our strength program must continue from the winter.”

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According to Littleton, 120-125 players have been coming out for practice, which includes time spent in the weight room, working on conditioning and 7-on-7 drills.

They are also spending time in the classroom watching film.

“It allows us to start growing some,” Littleton said. “Kids learning their techniques, their assignments during the summer.”

The Bearcats have also had the chance to face off against Seminole County, Miller County and Thomasville in 7-on-7 drills.

“We’re getting better each time,” Littleton said. “We have a lot of new faces. There’s some new faces getting a lot of reps.”

Littleton said that many of those new faces are fighting for playing time along the offensive and defensive lines as well as at receiver, inside linebacker and in the secondary.

“We’re still trying to find those guys that are going to fill in,” he said. “Losing a little more on defense. Going to have to add a little more new faces there.”

The Bearcats will continue their summer work by attending a camp at Colquitt High next week.

In July the high school team will begin practicing four and sometimes five days a week before putting pads on for the first time August 1.

Littleton said that the key is making sure the players are in shape and used to the heat before it is time to practice in pads.


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