BECKVILLE — New Beckville Head Football Coach Cody Ross has been on the job for several months, but other than last year’s films, he hasn’t really had a chance to see what his team can do.
So when Beckville starts two-a-day football practices Monday morning, Ross will be getting his first good look at what he has to work with as he attempts to mold the Bearcats into a playoff caliber football team.
“I want to be able to get a baseline for how much knowledge the kids have for the game of football,” Ross said. “After we set the baseline we can figure out what to teach them.
“We also need to see where they are condition-wise. And to kind of go along with that, we need to get them mentally tough, teach them to fight through the pain.”
While the cupboard wasn’t left bare, Ross lost last year’s top running back, quarterback and receiver.
“We’ve got some good ideas of who will take their places,” he said. “I’m most confident in what we have coming back on the offensive and defensive lines. We have a lot of experience there. It’s the skill positions where the battles will come.
“We did a little 7-on-7 in the spring, but this will be our first chance to see them. We have a lot to get done the first week.”
The ever-dependable Carlos Campos returns to handle the kicking duties for the Bearcats and will also be a target for whoever wins the nod at QB. Tyler Bryan and Ryan Harris are both listed as possibilities at quarterback.
Cody Klingler was one of the top defenders for the team in 2018.
Ross is originally from nearby Tatum and has been trying to get back in this area for awhile. Now that he’s here, he can’t wait to get started.
“I’m excited. I got here in the spring and I was fired up about meeting the kids,” he said. “I’m fired up about being here. I’m chomping at the bit like a kid the night before Christmas. I am ready to go.”
The Bearcats will go from 7 a.m. to noon on Monday and Tuesday, taking a mid-morning break for rest and meetings. Wednesday will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The team will practice Friday evening, reporting at 6 p.m. and having “Friday Night Lights” with a Blue/White Game at 7:30 p.m. There will be a community watermelon feed after the scrimmage.
Beckville first scrimmage will be at home against San Augustine on Aug. 16 . The second scrimmage will be at Maud on Aug. 22. The 2019 season begins on Aug. 30 at Shelbyville.