New coaches, position battles highlight CCHS summer

Published 4:48 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer workouts are underway for the Chilton County High School football program.

The Tigers started the second of eight weeks of workouts on Tuesday. The days typically consist of morning drills on the practice field beginning at 7 a.m. followed by time in the weight room for certain position groups on specific days.

“We’re out here on the field early as a team and then we break off,” said Chilton County head coach Tal Morrison said.

Strength and conditioning is a major focus for any team during the summer months, as coaches and players alike begin to set their attention on the fall.

“Every single player that we have on this team is going to go through 24 workouts,” Morrison said. “The most important thing for us is that weight room. There are teams that may have better athletes, but if you’re stronger and work harder than them it can definitely level the playing field.”

Since the spring game Morrison has made three coaching hires and looks to make even more before the fall rolls around.

“We want to just keep building,” Morrison said. “We’ve been trying to go back and teach skills that we weren’t really able to teach in the spring because we were shorthanded.”

Morrison has continued to see a presence being established on and off the field by his incoming group of seniors.

“We’ve got several stepping up into leadership roles and I’ve been very pleased with the seniors so far,” Morrison said.

Gage Minor and Keundae Childers were both pointed out by Morrison as guys that have shown a willingness to help the underclassmen.

This summer is even more important to Morrison, as he prepares for his first season at the helm.

“They’re [players] here together and learning what we want to do offensive and defensively,” Morrison said. “Traditionally in 6A you try to play just one side of the ball, but we’re asking them to learn two and sometimes three different positions. We’re asking them to do a lot and they’ve really taken on that role.”

Chilton County opens up the season at home against Sylacauga on August 25.