Leader Blues

Friday, August 18, 2006

SPORTS >>Third week starts slow, ends stout

IN SHORT: The third week of fall football camp at Lonoke built momentum slowly as it went on.

By JASON KING
Leader sports writer

The Lonoke Jackrabbits went into the third week of summer practice with a little bit of sluggishness, but picked up the pace as the week went on. The squad continued isolated practices with the offensive and defensive units, as well as special teams work.

“We kind of had a little bit of grind at the first of the week,” Jackrabbits head coach Jeff Jones said. “But we had had some good practices. They put in a lot of good work, and we think that everything we have done will be a good base for our first three non-conference games.”

Jones says the team is still healthy for the most part. Senior receiver Kylon Boyd’s finger injury is still the only major debility for the ‘Rabbits at the current time.

“All in all, we came out of our fall camp real healthy,” Jones said. “We still have Boyd out with his finger, and he is going back to the doctor today to have it re-evaluated, so we should know more on that after today.”

Jones says the execution has been very pleasing through the three weeks of pre-season practice, but says that the overall consistency will have to improve before they are game ready.

“We are installing a completely new offense, so a lot of learning has had to take place,” Jones said. “I’m not totally satisfied with the total execution, I think our consistency needs to pick up before we go into our schedule.”

The Jackrabbits are going in to the unknown with the new 4A-2 Conference. Many of the teams in the conference schedule will be teams that Lonoke has not faced for many years, if ever.

Coach Jones says the element of the unknown has made the team prepare even harder for a season against unfamiliar opponents.

“It’s new to a lot of us,” Jones said. “There are a lot of teams in this conference that are on the rise, so it will be interesting to see who comes to the forefront. These guys have put in a lot of work and great effort to get ready for those teams, so we’ll see how the seed falls.”

Lonoke will play its scrimmage game on Tuesday at Little Rock Christian.