Here’s the third of three reports from colleague Terrence Watson:
Walking onto the White Plains football field at the end of the last practice, the only thing that could be heard was grunting, coaches clamoring and a group of nearly 15 players comprised of linemen, quarterbacks and linebackers screaming, in unison, “No one is better than us this year!”
As each kid from smallest to biggest lifted 45-pound plates with one arm, doing 10 reps each, the Tigers we’re very convincing.
Collectively, the Tigers put on impressive showing of strength, but junior WR/S Odane Franklin stole the show after he maxed out at 81 reps of bench presses after everyone else had stopped.
“We just want to be too strong for everyone,” he said. “That’s how we motivate ourselves. We want to get stronger everyday.”
Senior quarterback Michael Trapp says that he was pleased with how much they got done today, despite an abrupt disturbance.
“We had an oil line burst at the school so we had to leave and it was a minor distraction,” Trapp said. “But this is just day one. We’ll be running our three-miles and doing other things to make an impact and I’m sure practice will pick up tomorrow.”
First-year player, senior RB Mike Walker, sat out last year with a fracture. However, coach Skip Stevens is relying on his speed as a catalyst, despite his lack of varsity experience.
“I see how hard he works and he’s calm under pressure,” Stevens said.
Walker was quick to defend his coaches high praise.
“I know I can handle the expectations,” Walker said. “I’m not trying to sound cocky, but I expect to be a standout.”