Football spring training started Monday at BCHS.
Head Coach Ron Lewis and his coaching staff welcomed an anxious group of young Redskins, dressed out in full-pads and clothed in the Red and White colors of Bryan County High. With only 2 weeks worth of practice ahead before summer, Lewis not only knows the upcoming season’s objective, but had his first day objectives on his mind. "Our main objective is to find players to replace the Seniors that we lost from last year’s squad. These Seniors represent the most successful Senior class that Bryan County High had ever had, so we must find capable athletes to replace them," said Lewis. It has been four years since Spring practice involved hitting in full-pads at Bryan County, but Lewis knows the quickest way to find out what kind of ‘bite is in the dog’ is to simply give him something to gnaw on, so Lewis and his assistants watched closely during hitting drills to find out who may be determined and gritty enough to step up and fill some of the empty shoes.
Coming off of a 5-6 record and a trip to the first round of the State playoffs with last year’s squad, there is much work to be done to basically replace the entire defensive line and the majority of the offensive line. "We will not be as big as we have been in the past, so we are looking for candidates to fit our schemes to compensate for that. We will be much quicker and faster, so we will use schemes with more movement on defense. Offensively we will pretty much stick with the same offensive formation, as our kids believe in it and we don’t make many mistakes running out of it".
Spring practices are usually used to teach fundamentals and techniques more than conditioning and this Spring will be no different "Our first few days will be working on technique and learning schemes, but we will have some conditioning along with it. We have these two weeks, then the kids are off two weeks for finals, then we will start practicing again later in the summer for the Fall" said Lewis.
Lewis must feel good at having all-purpose player, Ivey Mutcherson back for his Senior season. As a junior, Mutcherson rushed for 1,584 yards, scored 17 touchdowns and averaged 144 yards per game. He finished the season with 1,881 all-purpose yards. Looking to step in and take over the helm at quarterback is Winston Johnson. Who will join Mutcherson as part of the Redskin wishbone backfield this Fall is yet to be determined as the battle for these positions continue to progress.
With the new re-alignment in the Region, Lewis and his team know that grabbing a Region spot this coming season will be no easy task, but their goal is set even higher this year. Lewis commented on this by stating, "Our goal is to not just make it to the playoffs anymore, but to win games when we get there." The Redskins will face a tough non-region schedule this year that includes State Champion, ECI, and the State runner-up in Wilcox Co.
There will be the usual Red & White game at the conclusion of Spring practice. This game will take place at 7:30 PM on May 16th. Admission will be $3. Chicken dinners will be sold prior to this event at $6 each which will include Free admission with the purchase of a dinner.