While games are won on Friday nights, much of the sweat for fall glory comes in the summer ― at least that’s what coaches perennially preach to their players.
And Red Raider coach Chris Smith, who will enter his third year at he Madison County helm, said his guys are getting the message.
“It’s been going really well,” said Smith of summer workouts. “We’ve had great turnouts for the weight room, about 50 kids a day.”
The guys are also matching speed, schemes and out routes with players around Northeast Georgia in 7-on-7 camps this summer. The MCHS guys were at Walnut Grove for a 10-team camp Tuesday and will conclude the multi-team camps at Athens Christian Thursday in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) 7-on-7 camp.
Smith said his team showed marked improvement last week in its second showing at Jefferson 7-on-7 camps.
“The first time (at Jefferson), we were holding on to the ball and not getting it out of our hands on time,” said Smith. “But I saw tremendous improvement (the second time). It was like night and day. We looked good and the receivers were running good routes.”
Smith said his 20 seniors have been “working hard, playing well and doing what they’re supposed to do.”
He also noted that lineman Christian Shupe was named a “Mars Hill Blue Chip” in a camp at Mars Hill College, finishing in the top 12 of over 50 players at the camp.