The Troup Tigers are not only having to get used to practicing in full pads, but they’re also getting accustomed to being on the field in the afternoon heat.
Friday marked the first full-contact practice for the Tigers, and this week, they’re making the transition to their afternoon practice schedule after going in the morning last week and throughout the summer.
“I’m pretty pleased with the transition as far as going from the morning to the afternoon,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said. “They’re handling it pretty well, and I think the coaching staff is doing a good job of keeping an eye on them, keeping the fluids in them.”
After five days of non-contact practice, Troup was able to make the transition to full-contact practice on Friday.
“The first day we came out here, everybody was ready to hit,” Troup offensive lineman Tristan Thompson said. “The intensity has been going up ever since.”
Kendall said he and the other coaches have strived to mix things up during practice, to make sure the players don’t get into a rut.
“You always want to keep things fresh, have people challenged,” Kendall said. “You don’t want them going through the motions.”
The Tigers are preparing for their preseason game at Upson-Lee on Aug. 15, and they’ll kick off their season on Aug. 29 against LaGrange.
“We’re all looking forward to playing,” Thompson said. “Right now we’re getting all the fundamentals right.”
Kendall said it will be nice to have two weeks between the preseason game and the opener against LaGrange.
“We’re looking forward to going over and (playing Upson-Lee), and coming back and evaluating what we have,” he said.
OF NOTE: Troup’s game against Carver, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 19, has been moved to Sept. 18, a Thursday.
The game will be played at Memorial Stadium in Columbus at 7 p.m.
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