Davis said spring training paid off this off season

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice High School head football coach Brent Davis knew having spring training in April and May was going to make his team better this fall. So far after two days of practice, he's right.

Through the team's first four practices on Monday and Tuesday, drills have been crisp, and it's evident players know their assignments, Davis said.

"The intensity's been really great," Davis said. "Everyone's come back in pretty good shape and they've all retained what we learned in the spring, so having spring training was certainly worth it for us. We've only had a couple of practices, but we're way ahead of where we've been at this point in the past."

Alice began August football drills Monday morning. Other schools who didn't participate in spring training began a week earlier.

Workouts began Monday with a total of 210 players, including 45 varsity players. Davis said by the time the season begins, the program could have a freshmen group of as many as 70 players.

The program's routine had included a 7 a.m. practice, followed by an hour-long break and then a second practice session.

Wednesday's practices are scheduled differently. After this morning's workout, the team will have the afternoon off before returning for an 8 p.m. practice. Thursday's routine will return to two morning workouts. On Friday, the team begins workouts in full pads.