- Feature Story
- George Becnel
- August 10, 2017 - 11:36am
West St. John coach Brandon Walters knows the signs of a good workout.
“The guys are leaving tired every day,” the third-year Rams coach said following Tuesday’s practice. “That’s kind of what we want. We try to simulate the same thing we would see in a game as far as conditioning. We want to push them as far as they can go and then a little bit more.
“We’ve had a long, grueling summer. We will put on the pads and be live Thursday and ready to go.”
Coming off that “grueling” summer, the Rams are working on continuity as the regular season approaches, according to Walters.
“We want to clean up some of the mistakes on both sides of the ball; blowing a few coverages here and there, making sure some of our younger guys know where they are supposed to be in the execution of plays. We want to build some consistency with the quarterback and make sure that he is comfortable in what he’s doing,” said Walters, referring to quarterback D’Andrea Gaudia.
West St. John, back competing on the Class 1A level, never has large squad numbers. The 2017 season will be no exception with approximately 40 players. As always, Walters is looking to get the most out of a limited roster.
“Each day we get two or three more kids that say they want to come out and play. We won’t turn them away but they are behind. Right now, we have a good nucleus of guys that have been here and put in the work and still getting in shape and getting ready for game play,” Walters said.
Although the Rams will be putting on full pads for the first time on Thursday, the Rams are already eager for the start of the season, according to Walters.
“We are in game mode now,” Walters said. “We are prepared now like we are playing this week. We pretty much get into our regular cycle of film study and putting it on the kids and they can regurgitate what they learned and what they are being taught.
“We are looking at Lutcher like we have extra days to prepare for that game. We treat it like Week 1.”
The Rams’ first action against an opponent this season comes August 17 when West St. John visits Lutcher in the annual fall scrimmage between the teams.