Red’Dogs work to eliminate mistakes
SPRINGDALE — From an experience standpoint, Red’Dogs coach Zak Clark believes his team is well ahead of where his squads were at this juncture in his first two seasons.
Little things, Clark said, like running through the practice script, has progressed at a much quicker clip than in previous years. Continuity and player familiarity with the offense and defense has contributed to that.
“It was everything we could do, in a team setting, to get six plays every five minutes in a normal tempo,” he said of past teams. “Now we’re getting 8-9 plays in and not stressing pace.”
But while steps in the right direction are being made, Clark wants to eliminate the fatal, and mostly mental errors — bad snaps, busted assignments, jumping offsides — that at times creep into his practices and halt potential scoring drives or defensive stops.
“Every now and again, our bad is the type of bad that gets you beat,” Clark said. “About every 5-6 plays we’ll have a catastrophic error we’ve got to get fixed. If we can get that cleaned up, and that’s a big if, I like where we’re at.
“But until then we’ve got to keep plugging away.”
After four straight days of 6:30 a.m. practices, Springdale wrapped up the second week of fall practice Friday evening with a scrimmage at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium. Quarterback Layne Hutchins led a pair of scoring drives, once using his feet to find the end zone. Running back Darrell Parchman also scored after bouncing a run to the edge.
Quarterback Will Mueller early on found running back Garrett Vaughan on a wheel route for a 50-yard score. Defensive lineman Isaiah Nichols found himself in on a number of tackles and was disruptive throughout.
On Aug. 22, Springdale will make the short trip to Shiloh Christian for a preseason scrimmage.