Football Season Is Underway
8/7/2014 by BY STEVE MASSEY
Football is back in the air, as practices throughout the state began early Monday morning August 4th. The Teague Lions hit the filed in preparation for Saturday’s Orange and White Scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. in the Lion Stadium. According to first year Head Coach/Athletic Director, 83 kids came out for football Monday, which means the Lions will fill three teams this year.
Are you ready for some football? Well, you better get ready because it?s here and the Teague Lions began practice Monday morning with 83 kids in attendance meaning the Lions will field a varsity, junior varsity and freshman team this year. There?s Lots of football coming up.
The Lions are under the direction of first year head coach/athletic director Donnie Osborn, who is just as excited about the upcoming year as his players are. ?It?s been fourteen years since I?ve done this (coached football),? said Coach Osborn following Monday morning?s practice. ?I?m glad to be back in the arena. It?s good to get out of your comfort zone a little bit.? Osborn knows that he?s got a lot of talent wearing orange and white on the field in front of him this year, but he sticking to the philosophy of taking it one day at a time, one game at a time.
?It?s a brand new season out there and the only guarantee that I?m going to make is that we are going to show up and work hard every day. This mornings practice was awesome, the kids responded really well,? said Osborn, with a big smile on his face.
The Varsity Lions went two games deep into the play-offs last year and have been given a pre-season ranking of ninth in the state in 3-A football. The Lions have 9 returning starters coming back on offense and 8 returning starters coming back on defense. ?We told these kids right off that our defense will determine if we?re a good football team or if we are a really good football team,? said Coach Osborn. ?We?re going to keep it simple and fly to the football. Simple and basic, that?s what we are going to do.
With such a long delay (14 years) in getting back onto the football field, Coach Osborn noted that half of his coaching staff was either in high school or college the last time he was actually coaching on the field.
The Lion Pride Booster Club is holding a Community Pep Rally this Friday at 7 p.m. in Lion Stadium. Student athletes participating in football, volleyball, cross-country, band and cheerleading will be introduced to those in attendance.
On Saturday morning the Lions will hold their annual Orange and White scrimmage in Lion Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. The varsity and a sub varsity team will rotate in and out for 15 plays apiece during the scrimmage.
Make your plans to get fired up about Lion football this season and begin with the pep rally Friday evening but then watch out and stand back, because the Lions are going to Crank Up That Diesel and there?s no telling how far they can go!!!