Calvin Hampton pleased with turnout for Southeast Lauderdale’s summer workouts
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Southeast Lauderdale head football coach Calvin Hampton said turnout for summer workouts has been better then expected.
The Tigers, who wrapped up their third week of summer workouts on Thursday, have been averaging 45-60 guys per day at workouts.
Just like other football programs across the Magnolia State, the Tigers are having to make up for lost time after missing out on spring workouts.
“Everybody in the state is on the same page right now. Everybody is trying to get caught up and chances are nobody will get caught up,” Hampton explained. ‘But when it comes down to it, we can’t let that be a factor of why we’re not being successful. If anything, it’s got to be a factor of why we’re successful.”
One message that the coaching staff has instilled in players since they returned on May 1 was to not worry about lost time and instead, focus on the time they do have to prepare for the season.
The Tigers have been making up for lost time by going through strength and conditioning drills as well as meeting with coaches, both in person and via zoom, to learn offensive and defensive schemes.
Coach Hampton said he was impressed with how in-shape his players were after having three months off.
With the Tigers falling to Yazoo County in the first round of last year’s MHSAA 3A playoffs, senior defensive end Erron Brassfield said the team is focused on the ultimate goal of winning a state championship and not on being behind with preparing for the fall.
“Coach (Hampton) has been installing in us that we can’t let this pandemic stop us..it can’t be our excuse,” Brassfield said. “The more work we put in, the better chance that we have of winning state, winning the district and having a good time.”
Based on the MHSAA’s “Return to Activity” guidelines, the Tigers can start implementing the football during practice if they chose to since they completed the two week acclimatization period.
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