Brownwood to hold intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, travel to Burnet next Friday

One week of preseason practice is almost in the books for the Brownwood Lions, who held their first workout in full pads Friday morning at Gordon Wood Stadium.

“Things looked good, but when you're at a program like Brownwood you don't want to hype up just one day, it's the daily grind that we preach about,” said Lions second-year head coach Kyle Maxfield, who led Brownwood to a 6-4 record and bi-district championship a year ago. “You can tell there's a little bit of a pop in their step, but at the same time they know it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. We don't try and and hype it up too much, but there was a little more juice out here than usual.”

The week of work will conclude with intrasquad scrimmages at 9 a.m. Saturday at the stadium, starting with the freshmen.

Three primary objectives for Maxfield and the rest of the coaching staff during the initial week of practice revolved around conditioning, installation of the offense, defense and special teams, and personnel evaluations.

“As far as installation of the three aspects of the game, I think we're way ahead of last year,” Maxfield said. “Personnel-wise, we still have some moves to make, but we've done a great job of evaluating. We still have a ways to go on conditioning. The weather has really been nice for all of us, but hopefully it'll heat up next week. We try and do our conditioning with the tempo of practice instead of waiting until the end and conditioning then. We're not where we need to be but I feel like it's gotten a little better each day. It'll come.”

Brownwood starts its second week of practice Monday and will have four more days of work before traveling to Burnet Friday night for the first of two scrimmages. The Lions will also venture to Wichita Falls Rider on Thursday, Aug. 24.

“We're going to evaluate the intrasquad scrimmage and make the personnel moves that we need to, and work on the fundamentals,” Maxfield said of the goals for next week's round of practices. “You don't want to reinvent the wheel that first scrimmage, we just want to get better at what we do and stick to the basics.”