Coleman challenges Indians to finish summer workout program strong

One of the Jacksonville Fightin' Indian linemen, Zalatiel Antonio, is pictured during an iron-pumping session on Wednesday morning. Antonio was taking part in the Jacksonville Summer Workout Program.

As July will soon fade into another steamy August, the Jacksonville ISD Summer Workout Program is winding down as well.

Jacksonville athletic director and head football coach Wayne Coleman said that a strong finish is needed to cap off the program.

“We had over 100 boys (middle school and high school) in here every day in June,” he said. “The numbers always decline in July and we have seen that again this year.

“We can't let up now, we have to finish strong.”

Coleman elaborated on, perhaps, why some young men have not been able to attend the summer strength and conditioning sessions.

“We had more kids with summer jobs this year than ever before,” he said. “I hope that is a sign of maturity.”

On Wednesday morning about 30 student-athletes — primarily linemen — were hitting the weights in the weight room at the Fieldhouse while nearly the same number of skilled players were getting there work in at Cook Field.

Coleman said that the Jacksonville coaching staff plans on making some adjustments to make it easier for the student-athletes that are employed to be able to workout.

“We are going to be offering some evening workouts, so all our kids that work can get in here and finish the summer strong,” Coleman said.

The Tribe will open fall training camp on Aug. 12, a week later than the schools that did not have spring practices.

Jacksonville's lone scrimmage will take place at 7 p.m. (tentative) on August 23 at the Historic Tomato Bowl and will be against Bullard.

The regular season will also start inside the Tomato Bowl with the Carthage Bulldogs scheduled to tangle with the Tribe at 7:30 p.m. on August. 30.

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