Tigers hold their first practice under Minor

Cody Dalton
Sports Editor

The Fred T. Foard football program held its first official day of practice on Monday morning with first-year head coach Derrick Minor.

After what he considers a successful first summer with the team, which included a mini-camp, Minor said there were a few small slip-ups in Monday’s first official practice day as mandated by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

“Day one, you want to come out crisp and fresh,” Minor said. “Everybody has been here pretty much the whole summer and offseason. It’s not like we are adding new guys. The expectation is even higher. We need returning guys, varsity guys and seniors to be those leaders and set the example. I’d say focus was our word today.”

Minor, who used a run-heavy offense at Rockingham County last season, has been adjusting his offensive scheme to best suit the players that he has.

“They’ve been doing real good with what we’re trying to do,” he said. “We’re still tweaking things as we go. We’re going to do that even through the scrimmages. We’re trying to find what is going to fit our kids. I’m not going to fit them in a full out spread (offense) if we don’t have the kids to run the spread. I’m not going to put them in a full out full house backfield if we don’t have the type of kids to run it. We are really trying to tweak what we do to our personnel. Right now, it’s just kind of a puzzle piece that you’re trying to move around. Let’s try this, let’s try that and really see what’s working right now. I think we are getting on to some things. We’ve got a good base of what we want to do, but we are trying to make sure we have the ‘Jimmys’ and ‘Joes’ to make it successful.”

The Tigers host Newton-Conover in their first scrimmage on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m., and Minor hopes to see daily improvement from his squad until then.

“Every day, you are either getting better or you are getting worse,” he said. “You can’t stay the same. With the opponents that we are going to be facing in scrimmages and things coming up, every day is important. We are done with day one. When you walk off the field, you want to feel like you’ve gotten better, that you have progressed forward and that we are not sitting still. There has been urgency. There has been urgency in the tone of the coaches. We are trying to pick things up and do what we are supposed to do, but the important thing is we need to make sure we are ready for that first scrimmage. That’s number one on the list.”