Red’Dogs work to elim­i­nate mis­takes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -

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.

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