With a new season drawing closer with each passing day, the Winder-Barrow High School football team seems to be on the right track for turning its past misfortunes around.
Heath Webb and his coaches and players recently attended a camp in Carrollton and had the chance to compete against some of the top programs in the state including Camden County, Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett.
“We had the chance to line up against top of the line programs and see where we were as a program,” Webb said.
While the camps were not conducted in full pads, players were able to practice in shoulder pads and helmets and there was plenty of contact made.
“Those were eight extra practices,” Webb said. “Other teams who didn’t do that will be behind. We left the camp with cautious optimism. We hung in there with some big dogs. The kids responded well. I didn’t know if they would be fearful or accept the challenge. In the end, we didn’t back down at all.”
The WBHS football players have been working this week on completing their “Big Dawg” tests. Strength and conditioning tests have been given to see which players are the “fastest and strongest,” Webb said.
One key area for WBHS this fall will be on the offensive and defensive fronts. With new schemes on both sides of the football, the players in the trenches will likely be the difference.
Several players are competing for spots in the starting lineup as well as important backup roles for the upcoming 2014 campaign.
“The kids are doing well,” Webb said. “We have some super coaches working with them.”