Berryville coach pleased with Bobcats' 1st practice

Friday, August 9, 2019

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

The Berryville Bobcats’ 2019 football season officially began at 8 a.m. Monday, as the Bobcats gathered for their first practice of the year.

Coach Doug Shott said several players weren’t available for various reasons, but he was pleased with the effort shown by those who participated.

“The ones who were here got after it,” he said.

While a good portion of the practice was devoted to conditioning and fundamentals, Shott said the Bobcats were able to do some other work as well.

“We did a lot of blocking and tackling,” he said. “We were able to run some of our base Veer and throw some play-action passes out of that.”

Berryville finished 4-6 last season — the Bobcats’ first four-win season since 2006. In his third year as Berryville’s head coach, Shott said he liked what he saw from the players at Monday’s practice.

“The enthusiasm was good,” he said. “The kids’ attitude was good.”

After participating in team camps over the summer at Cedarville and Springdale Har-Ber, Shott said the Bobcats went back to the basics on Monday.

“You almost have to scale down and force yourself to go back a little bit,” he said. “During the summer, you’re running just about everything.”

The Bobcats also had to contend with the heat Monday morning as they practiced at Bobcat Stadium.

“It’s 12 to 15 degrees hotter on that field,” Shott said. “But I think everybody did pretty well with it.”

Berryville opens the season on Sept. 6, when it will host West Fork.

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