“Summer-wise we have had good attendance and good work outs,” Childersburg head coach Adam Fossett said. “We are averaging 50 three mornings a week at 6:30 in the morning. It seems to be a little bit of excitement; the kids are working hard.”
The Tigers have not just spent their time in the weight room this summer, but they have spent time working to improve in 7-on-7 tournaments. Childersburg will travel to Mary Person High School in Forsyth, Georgia to compete in a 7-on-7 tournament today.
“We went to Chilton County a couple of weeks ago,” Fossett said. “Tomorrow we are going to go to Georgia at Mary Person High School in the Central Georgia 7-on-7 tournament. It is going to be an opportunity for the guys to play some teams that they don’t know anything about and be around some athletes that they have never met. It kind of gives them some exposure in a different state. It gives them a chance to get away from home for a day and go compete. I am really looking forward to that. We have 16 kids going to that. We are playing at Huntingdon on July 23 for 7-on-7. We are trying to get in as much time as we can which is in the rules of the AHSAA. We are trying to do as much as we can before practice starts in a month.”
Fossett, a Georgia native, said he knows most of the coaches in the tournament and that created the opportunity for his team to go across the state line to compete. Fossett hopes that this experience will help his team’s chemistry going into the season.
“It is put on by coaches that I know,” Fossett said. “I asked them if they would let a team in from out of state and they agreed to let us in. Out of 16 teams, I probably know a coach from half the teams. We are a group of guys that started out as assistant coaches and all of us have moved up to coordinator positions or head coach positions. Whenever we get a chance to get together we like to brag on our teams. I brag on mine. I told the guys that we have to go over there and compete because I have been bragging on you. It is just an opportunity to compete against some teams that we don’t know. I think it is going to be a good trip for guys to be able to get away and kind of bond even more as a group. Hopefully, that will carry us through the season.”
The second year head coach believes these tournaments will give prove to valuable for the newcomers this upcoming season.
“We lost three seniors and we had to shift some people around,” Fossett said. “We have a pretty good core coming back. One of the senior spots that we lost was outside linebacker our dog position. We are moving Justin Baker from corner to that position. He seems to be adapting pretty well to it and play pretty well. We have given some younger guys some shots at playing some different positions as well. Offensively, we have had some guys that have shown us that they can help us out. Joseph Garrett, this is his first season, and he has helped us out in the off-season. They went through spring with us; they look good running routes.”
The tournaments are also vital for players coming back off injuries to gauge where they are physically before the season starts.
“We got kids like Hunter McCain who had a major injury last year in the playoff game,” Fossett said. “He is performing in the 7-on-7 with us. It helps him get his confidence back and give him a good feel on how strong his leg is. It lets him know what he can and what he can’t do. We’ve had a lot of little break through here and there with all those kids. They seem excited about what’s going on. I know a lot of them are ready for the season to get rolling and see what happens this year. We are excited about it and we looking forward to get it started as coaches as well. We want to see what we can do year two as a staff being together.”
After a 10-year postseason drought, Fossett said the community is excited, but they don’t know what to expect from this season’s team.
“I think the community is excited,” Fossett said. “I think they are nervously excited. They are kind of waiting to see what this year is going to be. Was last year a sign of more to come as far as good things happening and playoff appearances or what it something that just happened. The community has been supportive. I get stopped at least once when I am in town or at the as staying with people asking me how are we going to be this year? Are we going to be a playoff team again or we have to beat this team or that team and things like that. People are excited about and we are looking forward to some Friday night lights.”