Spring football didn’t end on a perfect note for Science Hill, but head coach Stacy Carter still has a lot of reasons to be positive as his team looks forward to summer preparations for the 2014 season.
First, Carter put back surgery ? a microdiscectomy ? in the rear-view mirror after last week’s procedure.
“I haven’t felt this good in my legs in 20 years,” said Carter. “I had serious issues. I stopped running about seven years ago. But this feels great. It really does. I hope it helps me because I’m falling apart.”
As for his team, Carter said spring practice was outstanding despite a bummer when Sevier County canceled the scheduled ? and much-anticipated ? scrimmage.
“They said they had a lack of players,” said Carter. “We didn’t know at the time, but their coach (Steve Brewer) had resigned that week.
“We were pretty disappointed. It was not good, but just one of those things we had to go with. We wanted to get tested, and Sevier County would have definitely tested us ? especially from the (63-20) shellacking we took in the playoffs.
“We wanted to see how much we had improved in the weight room. It’s hard to get a measuring stick, so that’s why we were upset. We needed to know where we were, but we lost that.”
However, the Hilltoppers went through an intra-squad scrimmage, and Carter said it capped things off nicely.
“We found out a whole lot about some young people,” said Carter. “We knew we had a lot of people back. All in all, this is the best bunch we’ve had.”
Coming off a 9-3 season ? which included a victory over Dobyns-Bennett and a playoff win over Knox Farragut ? that’s saying something.
“I’m just being honest,” said Carter. “It’s the best skill and line combination we’ve had. We’ve got a lot of skill guys, and we’re big on both sides of the ball. We move well. I’m excited as long as we keep our noses clean.”
Having a robust number of returning players allowed Carter and his coaching staff to get some different things done during spring practice.
“We basically didn’t have to put a lot of stuff in,” said Carter. “We practiced and reviewed. We were able to put guys in places and see if they could play.”
One thing Carter said he found out during spring practice was a very good situation at the quarterback position.
“Malik McGue and Justin Bedard both had a super spring,” said Carter. “Now I will have the latitude to move Malik around. This year we will be able to do a lot more ? offensively and defensively, too. The secondary struggled last year, but they really played well this spring.”
After scoring 503 points in 12 games last year, the Hilltoppers could be even more of a threat to defenses this season.
“I think we will have more wide-open sets,” said Carter. “We’ve got so many receivers. We’re going to play a lot of five-wide stuff. We will still have tight ends, but we’re still a shotgun-spread team. With all of these athletes, we want to get them in the game as much as we can.”comments powered by Disqus