It’s been a busy summer for Lonoke’s football Jackrabbits, who are in the final weeks of team camps and 7-on-7 events.
“Everything’s going good,” coach Taggart Moore said Sunday. “We’ve been to four team camps and two 7-on-7s. We’ve had camps at Joe T. Robinson and three times at Bauxite, and we go back to Bauxite this week. We’ve gone to Sylvan Hills and Central Arkansas Christian twice for 7-on-7s.”
Lonoke has competed against such teams as Robinson, Southside Batesville, CAC, Little Rock Mills, Conway Christian, Bauxite, Vilonia, Dumas and England.
The Jackrabbits have impressed their coach.
“Our young guys are really stepping up,” Moore said. “We’ve got four or five sophomores who are either taking a lot of reps right now or taking a starting position. We’ve got eight guys on our defense right now who are juniors or sophomores. All of them are going to get good playing time. Probably 80 percent of them will start, and the other two or three will log a lot of time.”
He praised the play of senior Will McNeil at outside linebacker along with sophomores Anthony Parks and Da’lynn Waits.
“Anthony is a two-way starter at strong safety and also our X receiver, and he also takes a lot of time at running back,” Moore said. “He’s on the field 24-7 and has looked really good.
“Da’lynn is playing nose for us, and he has not been blocked all summer. He’s got a really good opportunity to play anywhere he wants to play if he really keeps his head on straight and does what we ask of him. He’s 6-4, 280, and he’s a good one. He’s special.”
The Jackrabbits worked on weights Monday and went to CAC for another 7-on-7 event. They were to return to Bauxite for another team camp Wednesday. They will go four days a week, taking Fridays off, until fall camp begins July 30.