Elks' retention high
Mother Nature in the form of rain and more importantly lightning delayed the start of Burleson’s first football practice Monday.
The 30-minute delay that kept the Elks off the field until 7:30 a.m. didn’t seem to affect practice.
“I thought the kids handled the situation well,” Burleson football coach Gary McElroy said. “We got them up here early and then it was raining and lightning. They never skipped a beat and showed some maturity there.”
The Elks are working toward returning to the playoffs after missing them last season. Burleson posted a 3-7 record last season and a 2-5 mark in District play.
The Elks are slated to scrimmage Azle at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 and open the season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Saginaw.
Sunday night, McElroy said energy level and retention were his main concern going into Monday’s practice.
“I don’t want us teaching a lot of content,” McElroy said. “I want them to have the big picture down.”
There was still a little need for teaching Monday morning but nothing that slowed practice. The Elks had their timing, steps and angles down.
“I thought things looked fine,” McElroy said. “Conditioning seemed good. We weren’t cramping up and falling out of practice. Couple of big boys were getting gassed at the end of practice. I didn’t have any issues with effort. It was pretty good.”
McElroy noted that junior receivers Aden Anderson and Mikah Stabeno were out on the field selflessly sacrificing their bodies to make catches.
“They were diving all over the place catching balls.”
The real competition at Burleson is at inside linebacker and at safety. The coaching staff is searching for two starting inside linebackers and a safety.
A starter won’t be chosen until after the Azle scrimmage.