New Carlisle football coach Caleb Shock said Sunday he saw some ups and downs from the Bison during the opening week of fall camp.
“I would say it kind of depended at what point in time you asked,” he said. “Some times were pretty promising, and others were a little bit frustrating. That’s to be expected. But a few times when we challenged guys based on their effort, they responded well. They could’ve just quit, but they responded well to a little bit of criticism, so I was proud of that.”
This week, to accommodate faculty in-service sessions, the Bison were to work afternoons Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and mornings Thursday and Friday. When school starts Monday, the on-field schedule will be about 3:30-6 p.m. following film study during the athletic period.
Shock praised the leadership of senior safety/running back Kaiden Bray.
“He’s done a really good job with his effort,” Shock said. “He’s very coachable. He’s showing what we’re looking for, and I told him I needed him to rub off on everybody else.
“He’s not naturally a vocal guy, but I do need him to be vocal when the time’s right. His effort has been outstanding. He’s the most consistent guy on our team right now.”
With the summer arrival of an entirely new coaching staff, Shock said he knew there would be an adjustment period.
“I’ve been pleased, for the most part,” he said. “The coaches have new expectations, and the guys are trying to figure those out. They’re figuring out real quick that I’m not budging on stuff like practice starts at 7 a.m., not 7 a.m. and 20 seconds. I showed them how I wanted everybody’s locker to look, and we have not had one locker not look like that, so they’re putting forth a little effort.”
Shock said he and his staff were purposely scheduling some fun along the way, such as popsicles and watermelon after the final two-a-day practice of last week.
“Football is fun if you work hard and do it the right way,” Shock said. “If you’re good, it’s fun.”
Carlisle will travel to Bald Knob for its benefit game on Tuesday, Aug. 21.