By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LYNN CAMP — Although high school football teams have been allowed to practice for a little less than a week now, Lynn Camp second-year coach Phil Russell is in midseason form when it comes to excitement.
Russell’s squad held it’s first full practice Monday and he said he hopes people can see a difference in his team’s intensity from the moment they step on the field.
“I’m not one who likes to make predictions on our season, especially this early, but you can see by the way guys are flying around at practice that we’re going to be working,” Russell said. “We have some good numbers out with about 30 kids, so we’re going to be able to let some kids play without being worked to death on both sides of the ball.”
Russell took the job last season and didn’t have as much time as he would have liked as far as implementing a new system. With a full year under his belt to work with kids and try some new things, Russell said he feels like he’s on the right track.
One thing Russell and company have put in place is a senior-mentoring program, during which he said each senior will be mentoring a freshman on the Wildcat football team throughout the season and maybe longer.
“I’ve had some time to get some things in place that I didn’t have time to do last season and this mentoring program is one of them,” Russell said. “We want our kids to learn responsibility not only to their team, but on an individual level.”
As far as football goes, Russell has the majority of last year’s talent back this season, which gives him reason to be excited. He also said his team is going to put a lot of stock in what the defense can accomplish while on the field, whish should be a lot if the early signs prove to be true.
“We’re really going to hang our hats on the defensive side of the football this year,” Russell said. “We went in prepared last year, but against some of the bigger schools I feel like we were a little bit outmanned.”
As the season will start slowly getting closer, Russell repeated his statement about not making predictions, but quick to point out the goals for this year’s Wildcats’ squad.
“Like I said, I won’t make predictions as to where we will be, but we’re going to work as hard as we ever have,” Russell said. “We’re going to try our damndest to win a district championship this year, but I know Williamsburg is the team to beat. If we show up every night and do the things we’re coached to do, we think we can compete.”