The Heath Webb era is set to begin at Winder-Barrow High School.
The Bulldoggs began official spring practice Monday and will continue through May 9 when the program will host a spring scrimmage at W. Clair Harris Stadium.
New head coach Heath Webb said Sunday afternoon that the players will be divided into two teams during the first week with everyone getting a chance to compete on both sides of the football.
“We will have a White and Black team and while one is working on offense, the other team will be working on defense,” Webb said Sunday afternoon as he made final plans for the start of spring. “Midway through the week, we will switch offensive players to defense and defensive players to offense. After that first week, the coaches will sit down and evaluate everyone and see who needs to be on offense or defense.”
The players have been working for several weeks with offseason conditioning. Webb said he expects to have more than 50 rising ninth graders at spring practice with approximately 90 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.
“The numbers are awesome,” the coach said. “Those numbers bring their own unique forms of challenges including inventory. We are at a point now where we are struggling to get every kid outfitted. Our current inventory doesn’t match up with the numbers we are seeing. It’s a challenge, but a good problem to have.”
Excitement continues to grow for the program.
“The kids are excited and the community seems to be excited,” Webb said. “We will run a full, four-quarter scrimmage for our spring game. Hopefully, we can show off for the community a little bit.”
Practice sessions are set for 4:15-6:15 this week. Several new assistants are coming this spring. “It’s the most excited I’ve been for a spring practice in my career,” Webb said.
The new Bulldogg head coach said he should be able to officially announce more members of his coaching staff this week.