- Feature Story
- George Becnel
- August 07, 2017 - 12:28pm
A sure sign prep football is just around the corner is a quip from Frank Monica summing up his team’s opening day of practice.
“They didn’t have to worry about us having concussions because nobody hit hard enough to have one,” the veteran St. Charles Catholic coach said.
Monica and his Comets were on the field bright and early Monday morning, getting a jump of few hours over other River Parish teams.
“We were very sluggish and feeling sorry for ourselves. We had better practices in camp. We practiced today like we were still at the beach,” said Monica.
With most of other River Parish schools beginning later this week, teams will be practicing in the afternoon. A later start date for St. Charles Catholic will allow the Comets to practice in the morning for the first three days of drills before putting on full gear.
“We were very, very lethargic. I know morning practices are like that, especially Monday mornings,” Monica said. “I don’t like morning practices but it gives the kids some time to recuperate a little bit where school is out here.
“It will only last a couple of more days and then we will go to afternoon practices. We have a long way to go. We really, really are trying to emphasize some depth. I’m not saying we are completely solidified at the one (starting) positions, but we need to some kind of way to develop more depth on our football team.”
Monday’s practice came on the heels of a five-day camp for the Comets in Mississippi.
“That went extremely well,” Monica said. “Going out there, we are only in shorts; we just install the whole offense, defense and special teams. When we get here, we try to refine it.”
The camp away from home, Monica said, provides several benefits.
“You’ve got them there; they can’t miss practice. The camp is just off in the woods. If they leave there, they have to go out and play with the black bears. It’s just the fact that we get so much meeting time. We don’t have the academic schedule here that allows us to have a lot of meeting time. We either have to do things either before or after school. Going to camp allows us to have those meetings and install our whole offense and defense. It’s a chance for real bounding, also.”
Since school is not yet in session, the Comets first three days of practice in the morning, helping to beat the heat and afternoon showers.
“That (heat and rain) has a lot to do with but we have to get ready for that,” Monica said. “At camp, we went out at regular (after school practice) time get them acclimated to the temperature.”