Maysville coping with small classes
Maysville coach Jeff Han has coached there for four years, and typically has 40-50 players on his team. But this year will be different.
"There just haven't been many boys in the classes coming through," said Han, whose team finished 6-5 last year. "It's been a string of three or four classes where there aren't many kids in the grade."
As a result, Han is forming his team around just 20 players.
"You can't even scrimmage 11-on-11 when you only have 20 players," he said. "It's something that most Class A coaches go through from time to time."
Despite the challenges, there are some benefits to having a small roster.
"It gets everyone a lot more reps than they would otherwise get," Han said. "And the 20 players I have are the hardest-working kids you'll ever be around."
Rush Springs builds off strong offseason
Rush Springs won only two games last season in coach Tim Beard's first year. Beard is hopeful the team will enjoy more success after a strong offseason workout program.
"We got a lot faster and a lot stronger this summer," he said. "We're getting back to what Redskin football should be."
The team, which started no seniors and only three juniors last year, has bought into the system, Beard said.
"Their attitude has never really wavered, even though we went 2-8 last year," he said. "They don't back down or complain and have accepted all the challenges we've set in front of them."
Individual workouts during the team's summer pride program have helped to develop players.
"They've been able to find their barriers and push through them every day," Beard said. "Now we're anxious to get to the season so we can practice and sharpen our skills."
Dibble expects district to be tough
Charlie North, head coach at Dibble High School, knows his district is going to be tough. But after a productive summer program, he expects his team to be competitive.
"We have seven teams in our district and they all play well," he said. "But our kids have accounted well for themselves this summer."
Dibble, which finished 3-7 last year, has added players to its program. North thinks the growth will help his team compete.
"Our kids have improved in their work ethic as well as getting stronger and faster," he said. "Without a doubt that will help us be more competitive."
District A-5 Coaches' poll 1. Wynnewood (5-5) 2. Elmore City (6-4) 3. Stratford (7-5) 4. Wayne (6-5) 5. Maysville (6-5) 6. Rush Springs (2-8) 7. Dibble (3-7) 2009 record in parentheses