Spring football practice concludes this week with an intersquad scrimmage held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Nunley Stadium.
According to WCHS head football coach Tom Moore, the players will be divided equally by the coaching staff and the offense will play against the defense in game scenarios.
“We hope to have a good final day of spring football practice,” Moore said. “Some of our kids have really improved. Isaiah (Grayson) has really worked on the fundamentals of passing the football. He has lots tools. He runs well and throws well on the run. We think he can be an excellent drop-back passer for us this year.”
Moore says so far this year he has been pleased with the talent he’s seen in practice and feels what they have lost in size to departing seniors they are making up for in speed with new additions.
“I have been impressed with two of our fullbacks in particular, Shawn Woodlee and DeAndre Thomas. They are tough and are both good athletes,” said Moore. “We lost a lot of beef up front from last season. This group will be smaller but they will also be quick. We will be young at a number of positions but our coaches feel we have made some important progress on both sides of the football.”
On defense, the Pioneers also have a lot to replace. Two new players on the defensive side are Eric Haywood and Luke Nisbett.
“Eric is a safety and Luke is a defensive end. Both of these kids run well and want to get there,” Moore said. “We had originally planned to have a scrimmage against another team but we had so many kids out in spring sports that we decided to work on fundamentals and have an intersquad scrimmage.”
Each school can play one scrimmage during spring practice under TSSAA rules.
Moore puts out an open invitation to anyone in town who wants a preview of football this fall to stop by Friday at WCMS for a sneak preview of the 2017 Pioneer football team. There is no admission charge.