Thursday, May 30, 2013
Benton County wraps up productive spring
By BARRY BURLESON
The Benton County football program, still in its infant stages, is making strides.
Those steps forward included some work this spring, led by head coach Eric Rice. He is entering his second season in charge of the three-year-old Buccaneer program.
“I thought we had a very productive spring,” Rice said. “I think we got better.”
He said some athletes missed some days in the spring due to success in track and field.
“Because of that, some of the younger guys got more reps at practice, which should help us in moving the program forward,” Rice said.
Thirty-seven players, from both Ashland and Hickory Flat high schools, participated in spring drills.
The Buccaneers played in a spring jamboree May 16 at Ripley. They lost both games, consisting of two quarters each, to Coldwater and Falkner. But the scores aren’t the big thing in the spring.
“The kids competed hard and played hard,” he said. “I saw a lot of bright spots that we can build on.”
He said the Benton County coaching staff tried different players at different positions.
“We wanted to see what we needed to work on – with a goal of being successful when the season rolls around,” Rice said.
The Buccaneers will continue to play an independent schedule this fall.
“We didn’t feel we’re quite ready for division play just yet,” he said.
He is looking forward to summer workouts.
“We’ve gotten better since I first got here and I believe we are going to continue to improve,” Rice said.
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