Lonoke will celebrate the completion of spring football Thursday with its first Jackrabbit Showcase.
Admission to the fundraiser is $5. The junior high team will start at 5:30 p.m. with introductions before the junior Jackrabbits run through some non-contact offensive and defensive drills. At about 6, the senior high will come out for its pregame routine before a full game.
“The first half will be 1s vs. 2s on offense and defense, and we will have a draft this week for the second half,” coach Taggart Moore said. “Coach (Jack) Keith (defensive coordinator), will coach one team, and Coach (Nick) Smith (offensive coordinator) will be the head coach of the other. All the assistants will help out when we can. We’ve got so many new faces, we want to see them all.”
Moore said Sunday the Jackrabbits’ first week of drills had gone well.
“We alternated days — Monday for defense, Tuesday for offense, etc., and Friday we had a split schedule,” he said. “With us putting in a new offense and a new defense, we needed to focus on details. We were able to keep kids fresh because our numbers are up.”
He said he had 55 Jackrabbits going through drills.
“We’ve still got a few more coming this summer who added late,” Moore said. “I told them to start coming in the summer.”
Moore expects the senior class to number 21.
“We did have one with a season-ending injury before spring practice started,” he said. “Lanceton Brown tore his ACL. He had come back out for his senior year, but he is still sticking around and helping us. He wants to be around as much as possible.”
Moore said the 2017 Jackrabbits would be multiple on offense and switch to a 3-4 defense from their 4-2-5 previous scheme.
“That’s a big change in philosophy for us,” he said. “We are doing a lot of new things with that, and the kids are enjoying it. It’s more of a blitzing and get-after-it defense. The kids are liking that.”
For this week’s final week of practice, Moore said the Jackrabbits would re-teach and continue alternating days between offense and defense.
“We just want to make sure everything is clear with the players, and Wednesday will be kind of like a normal Thursday for us,” he said. “We’re just teaching a few things as far as what we want.”