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Valdez’s Wildcats ‘a bit more crisp’ on opening day of spring drills

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  • Spring Practice
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  • George Becnel
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  • April 27, 2017 - 6:31pm

A pair of St. James players attack a tackling dummy during the first day of spring football practice for the Wildcats on Thursday afternoon.

Things are running a bit more smoothly from a year ago for the start of spring football practice at St. James.

“It’s a little bit more in order. By the time I got to spring last year, I was about a month-and-a-half on the job. I know the kids a lot better. We’ve had a chance to plan a lot better and we’ve done a really good job in the offseason in the weight room. We are just a little more crisp,” second-year St. James coach Robert Valdez said during the Wildcats’ opening day of spring drills Thursday afternoon.

The early part of this year’s drills, said Valdez, will focus on fundamentals.

“Last year it was about getting an offensive and defensive system. Now we are more concerned about fine-tuning the fundamentals and things like that,” the St. James coach said.

A number of younger players will be asked to step into new roles this season at St. James, so those fundamentals are of particular importance, according to Valdez.

“Every day we will work on blocking and we will have blocking and tackling stations. We will have our ‘Touch People Win,’ which is a period where we really get after it just to get a little swagger and install the basic offense and defense. But it’s a lot of emphasis on the little things,” the St. James coach explained.

The Wildcats are off Friday as Valdez and crew prepare for the second-annual St. James High School Women’s Football Camp to be held at the Saturday morning at the stadium of the school’s future site in Vacherie.

St. James will return to drills the following Monday through Friday. After resuming workouts May 8-10 before concluding spring practice with a spring game slated for 11:20 a.m. Saturday against Seminary High School of Collins, Mississippi, on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.

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