GREENFIELD – While a bigger roster might make things easier for his team to compete with larger schools in its region, Greenfield High head football coach Don Pitt isn’t asking for every boy in school to come out for the team.
He does ask the ones who do come out to be totally committed to the program and making it better.
“That doesn’t mean football is the only thing they do, but when they’re here in this fieldhouse or on that practice field, I want guys that are here to work and improve,” Pitt said. “I think I have that this year as much if not more than any other year.”
That level of commitment helped the Yellowjackets have a good set of June workouts and get off to a good start in the post-dead period portion of summer workouts in which the players can put on helmets and get to work in earnest preparing for the season.
Pitt said not everyone was present last week as some players were out of town for various reasons, but mostly mission trips with their respective churches.
The Yellowjackets traveled to Bethel University Saturday to compete in the Wildcats’ 7-on-7 tournament. While they were eliminated in their first game of tournament play after the mid-day break, Pitt said there were plenty of bright spots and progression even from the morning work until the end of the day in the afternoon.
He credited quarterback John David Ricketts and receiver Matt Macyauski as two players who did shine in their respective spots on a consistent basis.
The Yellowjackets are in Region 7-1A in the new TSSAA football alignment and compete with the likes of Union City, Peabody, Dresden, Lake County and Humboldt for region championships and playoff spots.
Pitt said thinking about who else is in the region doesn’t really do anything positive for his program at this point in the year.
“We have who we have on our schedule, and right now the main thing we need to do is prepare our team to be as good as it can be now for when we meet each of those teams,” Pitt said. “That’s the focus we have every day when we’re here working, and when the season gets here, that focus doesn’t need to change much other than knowing who we’re preparing for that Friday night.”
Brandon Shields, 425-9751