Lonoke completed the first spring drills of the Taggart Moore era last week with the inaugural Jackrabbit Showcase.
“We had a good turnout, got a lot of good donations, debuted our new helmets and introduced everybody (in grades) 8-12,” Moore said. “It was good for the community to see everybody.”
As part of the senior high performance, Jackrabbit coaches drafted players for an intrasquad workout.
“We tried to share positions so we’d be able to run the offense and defense successfully,” Moore said. “The game went great. We had some kids get some reps that hadn’t gotten a lot of reps over spring ball, so that helped us a lot. We got it all on film. Some of the younger guys who’ve been waiting to prove themselves got significant time. We got to see what they’re capable of.”
He praised, among others, the spring work of Xavier Hodge, Ethan Mulligan and Daniel Seigrist.
“Xavier’s doing a great job at running back,” Moore said. “He had three highlight runs in the spring game. Ethan had four or five catches. He blocks well, runs routes well and does everything right.
“Daniel has moved to quarterback. He’s a senior and does a great job leading the team. He has everybody’s confidence. He can handle the moment. You’ve got to be a special person to play quarterback, and he’s that kid.”
The Jackrabbits were off Friday through Tuesday before starting summer work Wednesday morning.
“We’ll start back with weights and practice, and Thursday morning we’ll go to our first team camp of the summer at Des Arc,” Moore said Monday night.
At Des Arc, the Jackrabbits will see the host Eagles and Quitman, at least.
For the summer, they will work four days a week except for the Arkansas Activities Association’s mandated two-week dead period.
“Next week we’ll go to another team camp in Des Arc, and the next week to the Benton 7-on-7 invitational, and then to the Robinson 7-on-7 invitational,” Moore said.