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December 20, 2013

JHS Football: Help is on the way as Indians take part in off season activities

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JACKSONVILLE —

 

JDP: What is the biggest thing that is not happening athletically when you compare Jacksonville to say, Whitehouse or Lindale.

CT: I think that for the most part across the board that our sports teams have been stagnate for the past five or six years, with the exception of basketball. I think that what is really lacking when you compare us to some of the other schools in East Texas is that for the most part our summer participation is lacking. Kids at the Whitehouses, the Longviews or the Hallsvilles are active in the summer athletics. They are playing select ball, or they are taking part in other activities that help them develop and stay sharp in their sport. You can't play (a sport) for three or four months out of the year and then turnaround and not play it again until year. The kids have to stay active in the sports that they play in, in order to be able to play at a high level. We've got to get our kids into programs to where they con compete all-year long, so when its time to compete on their high school teams they are ready.

JDP: Let's get back to football. Can you give us a look at the numbers that are in the program now?

CT: We have 50 boys that are in our freshman (football) program now and we have 52 that are in what will be nest year's varsity and that's a lot more than we had this time last year. With the size of the eighth-grade class that we have coming up, I can see us having right around 150 kids in the football program in August. If we can maintain those kind of numbers, it will give us the stability that we have not had around here the last two years.

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