By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Port Isabel High football players will report for the first day of practice at the high school this Monday, August 3rd.
The Press found head P.I. football coach and athletic director Monty Stumbaugh in his office this week, and he reported that all preparations are coming along nicely.
“We’ll finish up this week and make sure we have everything ready for Monday. The kids just need to come in with all their paperwork done so they can practice on Monday.”
By UIL rules the first four days of practice are without pads and no contact work is done. “Friday we’ll take our picture and have our first practice in pads. (The first week) we do a lot of conditioning and teaching – back to the basics, so to speak, and a lot of technique work.”
The head man was asked how the approach to the new season may change according to the way the previous season ended. “It depends on the kind of year you have. There’s only one team that’s really going to be happy at the end of the year and that’s the one that won state.”
The Tarpons lost three of their last four district games in 2014 and lost by 30 to Sinton in the first round of the playoffs. “The kids didn’t like the way it ended. That’s our motto this year – finish it,” Stumbaugh said. “We told our kids it’s unacceptable and we need to do better than that.”
The team returns more players with varsity experience than in 2014 and that’s an important factor. “We’re still a little young but the good thing is that a lot of those kids played in big games last year. We have 24, 25 lettermen coming back. Last year we had eight kids coming back that had varsity experience, and 33 that had never played varsity.”
All players are scheduled to report to the athletic department at 7:00 A.M. Monday before they head out to the practice field around 8:00. “We’ll try to get started a little after 8:00,” Stumbaugh told the Press.
After the first day practice all players must be at the practice field by 8:00 A.M. “We’ll go about an hour and ten, 15 minutes, give them a 10, 15-minute break, and be through before 11:00. We give them breaks and the kids can have water whenever they want it. We talk to our kids about getting fluided up every day.”
Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.