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After weeks of hot weather leading up to the Duncan football team’s first practice, Mother Nature gave the Demons a small break Monday.
The Demons began preparation for the 2013 under cooler conditions, but their players were still fired up.
“The number one thing I took away from today was that our energy and enthusiasm were really good,” Duncan head coach Jim Holloway said. “No problems with the heat, and that just shows what the summer practices do for us as a program. Had the players not been as committed, they would have had more trouble today.”
The practice begins a busy stretch for Duncan coaches and players. The team will get its first taste of competition at Saturday’s Demon Preview at 8 p.m. and will travel to Ada for a scrimmage the Friday after, practicing daily all the while.
But for now, it’s all about the fundamentals.
“We work so hard on the fundamentals in all aspects of the game that sometimes we’re slow starters out the gate,” Holloway said. “But we like how we finish, and having the fundamentals down is so key later in the year.”
Another focus for the team is laying a foundation for their schemes – installing the offense and defense while working on formations and coverages. After an initial installation of the team’s plans, the Demons repeat the process twice before preparing a game plan for Guthrie, the teams first opponent in 2013.
Players making the biggest impression at practice are normally the ones who embrace the game between the helmet, Holloway said.
“Football in 2013, you have to be able to think. There’s no such thing as the dumb jock,” Holloway said. “You have to be an intelligent young man to play this game on both sides of the ball. We’re looking for top effort and people that can think.”