SPRINGFIELD, La. (WAFB) - Go to any high school campus this summer and you’ll most likely find student-athletes getting ready for the upcoming 2019 football season.
Whether it’s lifting weights, conditioning, or playing 7-on-7, this is a critical time in developing team chemistry and breaking in new players at the varsity level.
Springfield High School is doing all of the above this summer. We caught up with the Bulldogs recently at U-High participating in 7-on-7 camp.
Coming off a 3-8 season and first round playoff exit in 2018, the Bulldogs are doing everything they can this summer to improve and win more games come August. A big part of that will be quarterback play, where longtime head coach Ryan Serpas is breaking in a new starter.
Junior Brian Babb will be the signal caller for Springfield this season. Babb played wide receiver and defensive back last season, but now, he moves under center with playmakers around him like Tylan Armstrong, Isiah Netter, and Tykeilon Jackson.
“He did a good job in the spring and we’re just out here, 7-on-7, trying to hone in on some of the things we’re trying to implement for our offense and he’s progressing a whole lot from spring to now,” said Serpas. “We hope the next couple of weeks that he continues to show that improvement.”
What’s the key this year to win some games in playoffs?
“Everybody showing up, like 7-on-7s, getting better, and staying in the weight room,” said Armstrong.
Any coach will tell you a quarterback’s best friend can be the running game. The Bulldogs will lean on a veteran unit this season. Springfield has mostly been run heavy during the time those players have been in the program. While that’ll once again be crucial to their success, it’s also going to be important to keep the defense off balance.
The Bulldogs will be looking to implement more of a passing game consistently, which is something Babb continues to build on this offseason.