Lonoke Jackrabbits coach Doug Bost said “so far, so good” for his team after the first two days of fall camp.
Lonoke started practice with 47 players Monday.
“We thought we’d have around 50,” Bost said. “I’d say that 45-50 are good numbers for us.”
Bost said his team is taking advantage of not being in pads the first three days of practice.
“We’re just in helmets the first three days,” Bost said. “We’re just working on a lot of technique, responsibility, kids knowing their assignments. We’ve been slowing things down. We did it for two weeks in the spring and we’ve been doing it all summer. Since you’re just in helmets, it’s good to go back and slow it down and get re-focused on everything.”
Lonoke will work in shoulder pads and helmets today and Friday. The first official day teams can go full pads is Saturday but Bost said the Jackrabbits will wait until Monday.
Bost said his team has responded well the first two days.
“We really picked up our running after we got back from the dead period [in July],” he said. “I feel good about where are conditioning is. We’ve still got four weeks before we play that first game. We’re going to get better there.
“The kids know the basic stuff because we have been doing it for so long. It’s just good to slow it down and re-focus on it and get all the little things right.”
Bost has three assistants this year — Drake Widener, Brent Watson and Taggart Moore.
Lonoke will travel to Maumelle to play the Hornets in a benefit scrimmage Monday, Aug. 26. The junior high starts at 5:30 p.m. with the senior high to follow.
The Jackrabbits open the regular season Friday, Sept. 6, at Star City.
Lonoke, which finished 6-5 a year ago and gave state champion Stuttgart its only loss of the season, is ranked 16th in the Class 4A preseason poll by Hooten’s Arkansas Football. In a poll of conference coaches, the Jackrabbits are picked to finish third behind Dollarway and Newport.