Written by Gregg Parks
The Glenbrook Apaches kicked off their fall football practice with a pair of workouts on Monday.
New Glenbrook head coach Ryan Porter put his team through an early morning workout beginning at 7:30 a.m. and then after a break, the Apaches returned to the practice field at 4:30 p.m. for a second practice.
“I look at two-a-days as a teaching progression,” Porter said. “In the mornings, the first thing we do is hit the weights. It wakes them up a little and it helps us keep the gains we made over the summer. Then we go right into the classroom. We draw up our plays and schemes so they can see exactly what we're talking about and they can really understand their roles. Then we go out and basically do a walk-through of what we just went over.”
After a morning of teaching, Porter and his staff put the learning to work.
“In the afternoon, we come out and really pick up the intensity,” Porter said. “We go over some of the stuff we went over in the morning and get all the kids plenty of reps. We try to keep the kids busy with team work and position drills to keep them from getting bored. In the morning it's a lot of mental work, and then it’s physical work in the afternoon.”
The Apaches will have two weeks of two-a-day practices before retuning to once a day practices when school starts.
Porter is pleased with what he’s seen so far with his team, but stresses that it is too early to really know what he’s got.
“It's always tough to tell where you are after just one day. The kids are learning a new system and we also have a lot of kids that are getting their first chance to play,” he said. “The first four days we just go out in shorts, t-shirts and helmets and anybody can be a ‘T-shirt All-American.’ Come Friday, when we put the pads on, we’ll get a lot better look at where we are.”
But Porter is impressed with what he’s seen so far from his team.
“As a whole we’re pleased with the kids effort,” he said. “Mentally, we have to get a little sharper. We’re trying to keep it moving during practice, popping from one drill to another, keeping everyone involved. I’m real pleased with the way the kids have picked up the things we’re doing offensively, defensively and on special teams.”
Even though they just started practice, the Apaches’ season is quickly approaching.
“We don't have much time. We have two weeks of two a days and then one more week until we play our jamboree.,” he said. “And then we have just another week before our first game, so we are just one month out from our first game.”