Conway Christian received its first victory of the season this week without even playing a down.
While going through their first week of two-a-day practices at Beaverfork Lake this week, Conway Christian coach Chuck Speer and his troops received some good news. Speer got a call from a school official from Hector congratulating the Eagles on their first win of the 2009 season.
"Hector forfeited its Week 10 football game against us," Speer said. "They only had 14 players show up to their first practice, so they won’t have a high school football team this year. They will have a junior high team, though."
Speer is trying to find the right team to play in Hector’s place, since it is the final week of the season. Speer does not want to risk any injuries playing a team like Mount Ida before going into the playoffs.
"We have to be careful with scheduling that game," Speer said. "It also depends on if we’re going to the playoffs too. Hopefully, we will be able to get one of those playoff spots."
In Speer’s opinion, Mountain Pine and Danville should be the class of the 5-2A Conference, followed by Bigelow and Two Rivers. Two Rivers is consolidated with Ola.
"We’re anxious to play somebody," Speer said. "Right now, we’re just going over some of the basics. We’re working on the fundamentals of defense and practicing our reads. We haven’t put in our game plan for Earle yet, which is our first game of the season. We do have some new packages that we are going to put in on both sides of the ball."
Speer noted that most of the 22 guys who reported to the first day of two-a-days on Monday showed up bigger and well-conditioned. Thursday was the first day that the Eagles practiced in full pads and they’ll practice in full gear again Friday morning.
"We’ve been able to get a lot of work done," Speer said. "Everybody is healthy and our offense looks like it’s ready to go. We have one kid that is getting over the flu, so he’ll be able to join us soon. We still have some work to do on our defense."
According to Speer, many of the players have had a productive summer working out. Many of team’s members attended individual camps and participated in the Parisi Speed School program in Conway.
"I’m really impressed with how Adam Ragland looks," Speer said. "He’s put on a lot of weight and he’s carrying it good. He still has his speed and quickness."
The Eagles host Johnson County Westside in an Arkansas Activities Association benefit game Aug. 28.