High school football practice officially began this past Monday. Tuesday morning I found my way out to the practice field behind Port Isabel High School. I wanted to see how everybody was doing and have a brief visit with the Tarpon head man, Coach Monty Stumbaugh. It has become a familiar routine as this will be my sixth season covering P.I. football for the Press. I found Coach Stumbaugh at the west end of the wide and spacious practice area, overseeing the action.
I commented on how nice and green the field looked, the result of last month’s rains. “At least we’ve got grass on the field,” Stumbaugh replied. “There’s a few bare spots. There’s a river around this place when it rains.” The field conditions struck me as the happy medium. When there’s been no rain the surface can feel as hard as cement. With too much rain it can become an unusable quagmire.
Coach Stumbaugh was happy with what he was seeing thus far this first week of workouts for the 2011 season. “Yes, the kids came in with a good attitude, and in pretty good shape,” he said. “We got a little tired near the end yesterday. They’re excited and it was a good first day.”
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