Lonoke’s Jackrabbits donned full pads Monday for the first time this fall, and coach Taggart Moore pronounced the session — as well as the first six days of fall camp — a success.
“Everything went great,” Moore said Monday of the first day in pads. “We did some tackling drills, some team offense and defense. We scrimmaged a little bit, did some situational things on team offense and team defense.
“It’s all going according to plan. We’ve still got good numbers and, knock on wood, no serious injuries. We’ve had some nicks and bruises, but that’s about it.”
Prior to classes starting Monday, the Jackrabbits have been working about three hours a day, five days a week.
“That’s hard because that’s really not what you’re doing during game week,” Moore said. “Last week before we put on pads, we had a chance to go back over our techniques and everything like that, and it all went well. We went a little lighter Friday just to kind of give them a little more of a break.”
Moore bragged on senior fullback/linebacker Michael Hodges and junior receiver/defensive back Braidon Bryant.
“Michael Hodges has done a great job being a senior leader,” the coach said. “Braidon Bryant is really learning how to be a leader and how to show the younger kids how to do things. He’s coaching the other kids up on the field and really doing a good job.”
This week the Jackrabbits are working around the staff’s professional development responsibilities. They will scrimmage Vilonia and Jacksonville at Vilonia on Aug. 21.