Q&A: Chad Estes

So­cial Cir­cle com­plex hosts first foot­ball game

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

So­cial Cir­cle High School opened its new com­plex this sea­son and will host its first foot­ball game of the sea­son on Fri­day night. Red­skins’ head coach Chad Estes speaks on the up­com­ing game against Tem­ple, what it means to his team and why you should come out and watch.

The Cov­ing­ton News: Since this is your first home game in the new com­plex, do you think that adds a lit­tle bit of ner­vous­ness to the kids? If so, how do you deal with that?

Chad Estes: It’s cer­tainly gen­er­ated a lot of ex­cite­ment with the kids and the com­mu­nity. We’re just try­ing to use it as a pos­i­tive. We cer­tainly have talked about it. I want the kids to re­ally en­joy the mo­ment, but we’ve also talked about they’re there to play the game. So it’s not some­thing that we’ve ig­nored or just think it’s not gonna hap­pen. It is gonna be very ex­cit­ing for them. I want them to en­joy it, but we want them to be pre­pared to play be­cause that’s what their role is in this event.

CN: You were able to get two weeks off after your first game. How has that helped you, as far as pre­par­ing your team for this next one?

Estes: I think it came at a great time for us. We’re still a very young foot­ball team. I re­ally think we’ve made some im­prove­ments over the last two weeks. I think we’re re­ally head­ing in the right di­rec­tion. I’m ex­cited about the di­rec­tion of the pro­gram and the at­ti­tude that the kids have had. Cer­tainly, we’re dis­ap­pointed after that first week. Some­times you find some things out about your­self and you come back and go to work. You go to cor­rect and the kids have done ev­ery­thing we’ve asked you to do.

CN: Go­ing into this game against Tem­ple, what are some of the things that you’ve seen on film that you’d like to ex­ploit?

Estes: I’m gonna start on the de­fen­sive side of the ball. We can’t give up the big play. We’ve gotta do a great job of con­tain­ing their skilled ath­letes. I think they’ve got some tremen­dous skill kids at re­ceiver and the run­ning back po­si­tion. We’ve gotta be able to con­tain those kids and of­fen­sively it’s all about ex­e­cu­tion. The kids have shown me they can do it at dif­fer­ent times, they’ve just gotta be able to put it all to­gether when the lights are on.

CN: Com­ing off that loss, what are some of the things that you want them to im­prove on?

Estes: It’s still such a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all of our young kids. There are so many things they need to learn about the game and the po­si­tions they play. We’ve gotta get bet­ter at be­ing more phys­i­cal. This game’s not nearly as com­pli­cated as some­times you wanna make it out to be. It still comes down to block­ing and tack­ling. We’ve worked real hard on the fun­da­men­tals in our off week. This week we’ve worked hard on the game­plan that we’ve put in for Tem­ple. I feel like the kids have re­sponded and they’ve been at­ten­tive. They’re watch­ing film and I’m try­ing to put them in sit­u­a­tions, hope­fully like they’re gonna see on Fri­day night.

CN: Is there any­thing else you’d like to add?

Estes: It’s an ex­cit­ing time. I can’t be­lieve that any­body – not just here in So­cial Cir­cle, I know all of So­cial Cir­cle is gonna be here – to me this is a place you’d like to be to see this event be­cause we’ve got such a great com­plex. We’re re­ally want­ing to show it off, not only to our com­mu­nity but the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. If you’re free on Fri­day night, you need to come out to So­cial Cir­cle.

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