By Nolberto Waddell
Copper Basin News
The pads went on and the practice sessions became more intense. After suffering five-man sled drills, breathtaking wind sprints and never ending up-downs for mistakes committed Lobo Football is underway. While the hot and sticky weather and vigorous exercise may have caused some kids to exit the field; the proud lobo student-athletes still wearing the blue and white will represent LOBO PRIDE very well.
The quarterback development is coming along well and a couple of Lobo running back prospects have stepped up. The line, despite a couple of disappointments, will be a strong unit to deal with, both on offense and defense.
The hitting and tackling have been very intense to the point that coaches are getting worried about injuries. It will be interesting to see if the intensity continues in the upcoming three team scrimmage. The two teams joining Hayden in the scrimmage are no pushovers and seem to be in the state playoffs every season. The St. David Tigers always field a big and physical team that is led by a strong arm quarterback. The Pima High School Roughriders, with big number turn outs, never seem to rebuild, they just insert a new player for last year’s stars and continue their dominance.
The tough scrimmage will give the Hayden coaches a good evaluation of the team and what will have to be done to get the Lobo team ready for a very demanding schedule. They start next Friday, Aug. 30, when the Mogollon High School team come to Hayden. The Mustangs are also a yearly fixture at state tournament time.
The three team scrimmage is set for Thursday Aug. 22. The hitting begins at 5:30 p.m. Hayden and St. David will probably tangle first with St. David and Pima going at each other next. Hayden and Pima will conclude the scrimmage.
The scrimmage sessions have no kicking game. The competing teams get 20 offensive plays and 20 defensive plays in each of the three scrimmage sessions. If the teams have enough players, they will sometimes have a 10 play session for the second team players.