McKenzie High School’s first week of football practice after the dead period turned out well.
The Rebels polished up their playbook and took part in conditioning during the mornings and in the afternoons, and they participated in 7-on-7 action at Bethel.
“We had a good week. We went with Henry County and Lexington at Bethel in 7 on 7 and did a good job,” said McKenzie coach Wade Comer. “We picked up where we left off before the dead period, and I was pleased with where we were at.”
There were some hiccups in the passing league scrimmages. Tuesday, the Rebels looked pretty good, but had way too many dropped passes. Defensively, the Rebels played pretty well. Thursday, McKenzie seemed to fix the dropsies.
“We looked a whole lot better on Thursday,” Comer said. “I was pleased with how we responded.”
Comer said the quarterbacks looked good.
“Evan Jarrett did an outstanding job. Jackson Cassidy and Eli Surber did well,” he said. “The receivers did a good job, especially Thursday night. We got a lot of those drops out of the way. That was uncharacteristic for us.”
Defensively, the coach said the team got their assignments down and played fast. The defensive backs stayed with their men and the linebackers picked their zones and did well picking their guys up, said the coach.
The Rebels will continue 7-on-7 action at Bethel Tuesday against Henry County and Thursday against an opponent to be determined. They’ll also continue conditioning and working on plays in the morning.
“This week, we’ll play at Bethel Tuesday and Thursday,” said Comer. “Saturday, we go to UTM and play in a 7 on 7 tournament. We’ll be conditioning and working on our plays in the morning.”
“We don’t have to install a lot. We’ve got a lot of it in, we just need to refine it and do some cleaning up,” the coach added. “We’re young, but they’re starting to pick it up good.”
McKenzie will be in helmets this week, but will go full pads starting next week.