Centennial's Geller proclaims spring football drills a success
Having just put his program through spring drills, Centennial football coach Kyle Geller and coaching staff took a break from football over the weekend and rested.
Even though Geller hadn’t watched film of Friday’s Black and Blue spring game, he was confident enough to declare spring workouts a success.
Blue squad won the annual game, 26-6
Geller said he tried to divide the teams as evenly as possible.
The Black team had the better defensive players and the White the better offensive players.
Returning quarterback Payton Strambler and returning slot back Kelton Tezeno paced the Blue team. The pair hooked up in the fourth quarter on a touch down pass that blew the game open.
The game was played under with modified scoring rules. Some of the rules included points being lost for not showing enough enthusiasm following a good play, the defense also could score points if it was able to hold the opposing offense to a three-and-out.
“We had some fun with the rules and the game,” Geller said. “We put too many rules in the game to grade out the film. I put some clamps on the offense and defense because I wanted to have a better flow to the game which it is arguable that it was, to be honest with you.”
According to Geller, the best thing about the scrimmage, besides the enthusiasm shown by both teams, was that no one was seriously injured.
“No one getting hurt is always on the top of the list of things you want to see at the end of the spring game,” Geller said. “You don’t want someone hurt in the last spring practice.”
For the Spartans, the spring game is the carrot on the end of the stick that drives them through spring drills. Geller and his staff want the players to have fun but at the same time they want to see them playing at a high level.
“I always tell them, this is the party to end the spring” Geller said. “Things in the spring went well but we still have a lot of question marks. We are going to have to have a good camp to be ready to play in our first game.”
Centennial’s first test for the 2016 season will be a home scrimmage Aug. 19 against Mansfield Legacy.
The Spartans open the football season Aug. 26 at Saginaw Boswell. Centennial’s other non-district games will be at home Sept. 2 against Birdville and Sept. 9 versus White Settlement Brewer.
Centennial begins District 9-5A play Sept. 23 at Crowley. The annual “Boot Game” with Burleson is slated for Nov. 14. The Spartans will be the home team.