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ESJ Wildcats show competitive spirit on first day of spring practice

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  • Spring Practice
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  • George Becnel
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  • May 01, 2017 - 7:08pm

East St. John quarterback Dasmain Crosby turns the corner on an option keeper during the opening day of the Wildcats' spring football drills on Monday afternoon.


Third-year coach Alden Foster liked what he saw of his East St. John squad on the Wildcats’ first day of spring football practice Monday afternoon.

“You like to see the kids competing,” Foster said. “We are young but we are competing. There are some licks being blown but that’s the result of the weight room and the kids being confident in knowing the system.”

The Wildcats were enthusiastically going after each other from the start of practice.

“We are hitting on all cylinders and switching stuff up with them on the first day, which is impressive on the kids, knowing the system, and that makes a big difference,” Foster said. “That’s what you expect in Year 3 when you have a system in. You want to pick up from where you left off. We are about where we thought we would be but we have a lot work to do, of course.”

East St. John will continue to practice this week through Thursday. The Wildcats also will practice four days the following week.

“We will get after it every day this week. Next week, we will get more into game mode. This week we will get after it more because we will film it and that way we can go back and correct our mistakes,” said Foster.

Game mode preparation will be anticipation of the Wildcats’ game against Provine of Mississippi on May 13 on the campus of Mississippi College. East St. John, along with St. James, is among several Louisiana schools that will take on Mississippi opponents in the showcase event.

“There will be a lot of college coaches there and we are doing it for the exposure of the kids and the experience. We will see how it goes. If it goes well, we might make it an annual event and go from there,” Foster said.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.