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|FPHS getting ready for football|
The Franklin Parish Patriots opened fall camp last week with a mission to get everyone on the same page and back in the proper mindset to make a 2010 Class 4A playoff run this season.
"It is just about getting in a routine," Patriots head coach Barry Sebren said. "We have to get these kids out of vacation mode and back in work mode. It is a tough time physically. They are adjusting well. I feel like we could go out and function in a game-type setting today if we had to."
A strong attention to detail in the summer weights program at FPHS has the team poised to work through the grueling August heat that has plagued the region as of late.
"We practice in the evenings when it is cooler," Sebren said. "We try to keep practice short and sweet. We are doing as crisp and organized of a practice as possible and making sure they are watered during practice."
Sebren stressed that he and the Patriot coaching staff is constantly telling each player that the hydration process has to begin the day before practice and each hour leading up to the workout.
"What you drank yesterday is going to be what keeps you hydrated today," Sebren said. "If you wait until practice to start drinking it is too late. The biggest thing I tell them is 'drink during the day'."
The Patriots conduct meetings and film study before going on the field. The coaches try to limit each practice to around two hours on the field.
Sebren stated that most everything has gone according to plan for the Patriots during their first week of practice except the departure of four players who left the team for various reasons before practice began.
Sebren refused to elaborate on exactly who would not suit up for the Patriots this fall except to say that the group included one starter.
"It is just very disappointing," Sebren said. "Everything that we planned as a staff we now have to go back to the drawing board. We have to have kids here that are dedicated to the program."
With the players who have been in practice, Sebren sees a chance for improvement over the 3-7 mark in 2009.
"We are at a point where we might be decent," Sebren said. "I think we just need some games in the worst way. We need to line-up and play instead of just hitting each other in practice."
The Patriots will get that first test in a game setting on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. when they visit the Caldwell Parish Spartans for a fall scrimmage.
Thursday afternoon will mark the first day in full pads for the Patriots.