After a week of practice, the Mountain Home Bombers were allowed to put on the pads and get physical on Monday.
First-year head coach Bryan Mattox liked what he saw from a lot of Bombers.
“Every football coach is going to say they want their football team to be physical,” he said. “Some teams end up being physical and some teams don’t. We’re looking at guys who can hit, who we want to put on the interior. Guys who can be physical and get off blocks, battle, fight, play with good pad level and who like contact. When you finally get the pads on, like today, that’s the fun part, to see who likes contact and who doesn’t.”
Mattox is hoping the Bombers’ large senior class can help bring along the sophomores when it comes to physicality.
“We have to stay healthy, we had a couple banged up today,” he said. “We’re not going to shy away from contact, though, in practice. These kids didn’t today, and I was proud of that. We had some step up and hit and some who didn’t. Having a big senior class is a good thing, and they can bring these younger kids along and show them the ropes.”
The second week is still a lot like the first in that coaches are still evaluating their personnel.
“We’ve just been installing a base offense and base defense,” Mattox said, “and today we just got to some situational stuff. We’ve hit special teams. When you don’t have the pads on, there’s a lot of teaching going on. You’re also working on conditioning.
“We’re spending a lot of time…
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