The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets are back in town after a productive several days of camp at Campbellsville University.
They spent their time at camp mostly doing a lot of individual drills that allowed players to concentrate on improving in the finer points of the positions they’ll be playing.
“It was focusing on what we do. We worked on our techniques with a ton of position-specific individual work,” Jacket coach Zach Massengill said. “We didn’t do a whole lot of total team work, it was mainly in small groups. We focused in those areas on the little things and hopefully it pays off when we put the big picture together.”
Following more position drills at Thursday’s practice, Middlesboro put their projected starting defense on the field to go against various offenses ran by the scout team.
They also ran through some kick coverage and return basics and finished up with more conditioning work topped off with running.
While Massengill told the team he wasn’t entirely pleased with how Thursday’s practice went, he said he is happy with how the team is coming along at this point in the preseason.
“Things are going well. I think our timing is coming together on offense and things are really starting to click as far as knowing our assignments. I feel like they’re more comfortable with our scheme,” Massengill said. “Defensively, it’s hard to tell right now. The big thing is we’ve got to run to the football. I like our personnel, we just have to see how everybody fits in.”
The Jackets will have one last morning practice on Friday and then start working out on afternoons next week to get into their back-to-school routine. Classes start at MHS on Wednesday.
Middlesboro will visit Corbin for a scrimmage with the Redhounds on Aug. 15 as part of the preseason SEKC Gridoramas. The Jackets will be playing in the second game that evening. They open the season on Aug. 23 at Grant County.