The Long County High School football team began spring practices last week with no shortage of players or experience.
Head coach Ron Flott said that there are about 70 players practicing, and he is excited about the upcoming season.
“We’re looking good so far. We have more players this year than we’ve ever had that can play at the varsity level, more that have varsity playing ability and some varsity experience … that’s good,” he said.
Flott said that spring practice serves several different purposes, but primarily it gives him and the other coaches the opportunity to see who is coming back and who is moving up to the high-school level.
“We are basically evaluating our players, trying to bring some of those players that haven’t been ready to start up and get them ready to start, and those others who haven’t gotten any varsity time, get them some snaps so they can get a little varsity time,” he said.
The coaches also take this time to get the team’s base offense and defense set up, Flott said, so that when practice resumes this summer, the team can progress as quickly as possible.
Practices run from 3:30-
6 p.m. daily through Thursday, when the team will have its annual Blue and White practice game at 6 p.m.
Long County, which is coming off a 2-8 season, will have its first varsity game of 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 against Tattnall County in Ludowici.