Elks getting feisty in practice
The pads hadn’t even been on long before Burleson’s football team was showing its feisty side.
Though few segments in practice that were full-contact where heated to say the least, according to Elks’ football coach Gary McElroy.
“Those were very spirited,” McElroy said. “We had to get in front of a few scuffles. Some players were being a little too aggressive a times.”
Odds are the Elks are looking forward to their 7 p.m. scrimmage against Azle Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium. The scrimmage will be the final test in preparation for the season-opener at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Saginaw.
It’s so far so good as far as McElroy can see.
“Our kids are playing fast right now which is good,” McElroy said. “That means they aren’t out there thinking a bunch, They are reacting. I don’t see fatigue as a factor as far as running out of gas or wearing pads bothering them.”
The biggest drawback is that school has started and the team can’t go through two-a-day style drills. That means this week, the Elk will go through normal game week schedules of three practices with a walk-thru on Thursday in preparation for a Friday game.
“We are pleased with our progress,” McElroy said. “We threw a bunch at them. We threw a bunch at them in the first four days of t-shirts and shorts. From here on out it should be review and fine-tuning what we put in. We feel good about our depth. There is a lot of competition in the ranks and that is good.”
Burleson entered fall drills with both inside linebacker and a safety position up for grabs. Now a tussle has developed at linebacker among seniors Brock Williams and Kameron West and junior Anthony Ward.
McElroy said each one is pushing the other which is always good.
“We feel that we can use all three of them in different situations,” McElroy said.
At linebacker and safety. McElroy said he saw good things from the players vying for starting positions there.
Senior Kayden Cassidy and junior Jaden Dotson are pressing each other at wide receiver.
Don’t be surprised to see junior quarterback Jacob Amador see playing time each game that isn’t mop up duty. The coaching staff wants to get
Amador valuable game-time experience for when he could take the helm next season.