With the hoopla that is Midnight Madness behind them, the Granbury Pirates settled into regular football practices Tuesday morning.
And head coach Scotty Pugh said about 20 more varsity players showed up to join those who were there for Midnight Madness. Add in the approximately 60 freshmen who worked out for the first time Monday – a number which Pugh said should increase to around 90 when everyone reports – and once again the program has well over 200 athletes this season.
“We’ve got great numbers,” said Pugh. “And once we split the varsity, JV and freshmen, it’s going to be some really good groups.
“It’s great to have these kind of numbers to rely on. The kids are wanting to be part of something good.”
The Pirates and Aledo are the only two teams in District 7-4A that regularly field two freshman teams. So while Pugh loves having the large turnout, it can sometimes make for challenging scheduling.
“It does make it a little hard to schedule, but we get with teams like Stephenville, Boswell, and of course Aledo, to work it all out,” he said.
“The main thing is to have these kids playing and getting experience.”
PADS DONNED FRIDAY
The Pirates practiced in pads for the first time yesterday. It’s always interesting the first day in pads, Pugh said.
“That’s an important thing that we really watch,” said Pugh. “It’s an adjustment putting on pads and still being productive.
“We don’t want a lot of heroes in shorts. There’s some separation when you put the pads on.”
The Pirates will hold an intra-squad scrimmage today in pads.
SPECIAL TEAMS MONDAY
Pugh said Monday will signal the start of more focus on special teams for the Pirates.
“We’ll also do some in the scrimmage (at Stephenville) Friday,” he said. “As you know, that’s an important of our game, so that’s got to be ready also when the season starts.”
The Pirates have one of the most consistent placekickers around in junior Jacob Rose. Last season he was a perfect 40-for-40 on extra points and 5-for-5 on field goals, with a long kick of 44 yards.
“That’s about as automatic as you can ask for,” Pugh said.
Rose will also likely take over punting duties this season. Junior Daniel Arnett is out for the season following knee surgery.
“He’s going to do a great job punting also,” Pugh said. “I’m feeling very confident in those departments.”
Granbury travels to Stephenville Friday for a scrimmage. They open the regular season Aug. 29 in Wichita Falls, and play the first game on the new turf Sept. 6 against North Side.
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