“We’re excited. The guys have really bought into the summer program. We look forward to our schedule and look forward to playing some really good teams,” he said.
Finishing the 2012 season with a 2-8 record, Respert said the team has done a great job of showing up for workouts and working hard.
To improve on last year’s record, Respert said the team is working on both physical and mental strength.
“We’ve been emphasizing getting stronger and getting the mentality it takes to get stronger. It takes time and it’s a process to prepare for the games we play. You have to have the mindset to deal with the good and the bad. I feel we’ve progressed a lot in that area,” Respert said.
With roughly nine returning starters, Respert named his key returners as defensive lineman Mike Parris, linebackers Shayne Carey and Jeffrey McMichael, quarterback Jared Askew, wide receiver Ismail Lewis and offensive linemen Christian Bruno and Quinzavious Sands.
On July 12 the Tigers hosted a seven-on-seven tournament that featured 10 teams, including their varsity as one team and their junior varsity as another.
On July 29 the team is scheduled to host its Big Cat competition for the second year. This is a culmination event in which the players will max out on several different weight lifting events and the top 20 in each event will receive points. After the completion of all the events, the points will be tallied and awards given to the top athlete of each position, as well as the overall “Big Cat.”
Along with the title, this player will also be featured in the Douglas County football game day programs.
“Last year was the first year for this. Players have really bought into and look forward to competing for the title of the Big Cat,” said Respert.