Sunday, November 23, 2014

OHS football set for season

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 8/1/2014

The Ottawa High School football players have been getting after it for two months this summer.

The players met every day to lift and workout. The Cyclones worked with coaches on getting stronger, quicker and faster along with learning the playbook.

The Ottawa High School football players have been getting after it for two months this summer.

The players met every day to lift and workout. The Cyclones worked with coaches on getting stronger, quicker and faster along with learning the playbook.

“I feel really good about where we are at offensively and defensively,” Ottawa football coach Rob Hedrick said as the players enter a week break. “There was good enthusiasm. Numbers-wise they were better. The kids came in and worked hard. They are buying in. They were paying attention. It was a good summer.”

Hedrick said the work with the coaches is through for the summer.

“We are finishing up this week and taking next week off,” he said. “We can’t do anything with them [the rest of the summer]. The seniors will take over.”

The first official practice is Aug. 18.

“We are chomping at the bit to get going,” Hedrick said.

Ottawa is coming off its best season in a decade with a 5-5 mark and a playoff berth.

“The taste of success tasted sweet,” Hedrick said. “They are hungry for more.”

Hedrick said there has been about 50 players workout this summer.

“It is so nice,” Hedrick said. “You are so much more prepared for the season. Nothing but positives.

“You get to know the kids. You get to see how they have matured and grown. You implement goals. You get to rep the offense and defense a lot. It is good stuff.”

The Cyclones will hit the ground running come the first day of practice.

“We are not going to slow down for anybody,” Hedrick said. “It is not like the old days, you don’t start from square one anymore.

“It is almost like a mid-season practice. They have been doing the drills all summer. We are starting with Louisburg {Sept. 5]. We will see where we are at right from the get go.”

The summer also gave the players a chance to get to know the new coaches. Steven Lane, a former Ottawa University defensive back, and former Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker have joined the Cyclones staff.

“We added two coaches which will help us a lot,” Hedrick said. “Trey has been at the weight room this week.”

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