Tab Vowell stood in the locker room at North Side High School Friday night after last week’s SportsPlus Jamboree going through the checklist of what needs to be done after each game for at least 10 of the next 11 Fridays.
Players piled their worn game jerseys on the floor to be cleaned. Players needing it were getting appropriate medical aid. Every player had gotten the appropriate amount fluids after the game as well.
While his postgame checklist was completed, Vowell said his on-the-field checklist may not be as complete as it appeared at times during the Indians’ scrimmage with Trinity Christian Academy.
“We got some of the work done we wanted to get done, and we saw some good things but saw some things we still needed some work on,” Vowell said. “But there were certain situations and certain alignments where we still need some work – need to figure out which kids will be best in those spots.”
To say North Side looked better in last week’s jamboree compared to the 2013 SportsPlus Jamboree at South Side 52 weeks earlier might be an understatement. Although Vowell said both scrimmages were simply times to see where the Indians needed the most work with a week remaining before the first game of the season.
“I think last year we were trying to work out some blitz packages and secondary coverages, and TCA made us look bad because we weren’t ready to be real honest about it,” Vowell said. “You can’t really take anything away from comparing how we looked [Friday] to last year because we were trying to accomplish different things each night.”
The teams are in similar situations. In 2013, North Side was entering the season with a team that looked very different from the one before that enjoyed a lot of success. The same can be said for this team. Nearly every major contributor for the Indians last year are gone that helped the team win nine games.
Martavious Love is no longer the quarterback. Jarvis Bryant and Cha Cha Rivers aren’t out on the perimeter anymore. Marcus Maxwell won’t be getting the handoffs at running back.
Those spots will be filled by guys like Joshua Averyheart, Cortez Maxwell and quarterback Tylin Shaw.
“There aren’t a lot of guys on this team who’ve played a lot of meaningful snaps on Friday nights,” Vowell said. “So we need to get as many of these guys as much experience as we can early on and see who reacts well and most consistently in different situations.”
The Indians go on the road this week to Dyer County to begin the season.
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