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Clarkdale football getting back to normal after one month of practices

Clarkdale players go through lineman drills during voluntary summer workouts
Clarkdale players go through lineman drills during voluntary summer workouts(WTOK Sports)
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 11:08 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - When the MHSAA announced schools could begin holding summer workouts on June 1, it was a moment of relief for Clarkdale senior running back and safety Gavin Moffett.

“With it being my last season to play, I started to worry if they were going to cut it short and if last season was going to be my last one,” Moffett said. “It was not a good feeling...but it’s been nice being out here with the team and getting to work again.”

The Bulldogs had implemented a five-day-a-week weight lifting program prior to spring break. The team was looking forward to diving into spring workouts after the one week break was over, but one week quickly turned into multiple weeks off before the school year was officially cancelled due to COVID-19.

Head coach Jason Soules shared that while the team fell behind in learning plays and getting stronger in the weight room, they’re appreciative of the time they have now to work on those things.

“We feel so blessed just to be here and have the team together to be able to practice,” Coach Soules shared. “We’re preparing for the season. If it’s regular season then great, if not then we’ll be ready whenever it is.”

Coach Soules shared attendance has been solid, noting the team averages around 40 players showing up each day for workouts. The Bulldogs have now had four weeks to get back into a routine of working out, but senior linebacker Conner Alsobrooks knows the team still has plenty to work on to be ready come August.

“Definitely need to work on strength and conditioning and some more of the fundamental stuff,” Aslobrooks shared. “Everybody’s effort is there but it’s a matter of who wants it the most.”

While there is still uncertainty surrounding whether or not a fall sports season will happen due to coronavirus concerns, the Bulldogs are preparing for all possible scenarios regarding when a football season may happen.

“I look at it this way: If you were a farmer, you would prepare for rain. We’re preparing for the rain and the rain for us is going to be the season,” Soules said. “We’re preparing as if it’s going to be a regular season starting on time...if they delay it, we’ll make adjustments and we’ll plan and be ready for that as well.”

The team will look to improve upon last year’s 3-9 record and first round playoff loss whenever the season does begin. The next month will be a true test of the team’s commitment to being better than the previous season.

“From week one we’ve come a long way but we still have a lot of work to do,” Alsobrooks said. “We’ll be ready for the season, whenever that may be, and I’m confident we’ll be good to go.”

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