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Atascocita closes out practice with annual spring game

May 23, 2019

Atascocita ended spring practice with its annual spring game as the red team defeated the blue team 28-23.

Coach Craig Stump and his staff got to learn about a lot of the young players on the team.

“We got a lot of looks at a lot of players that we had some questions about, and that’s what the spring is for,” Stump said. “We stayed healthy for the most part, and there were some nicks and knacks, but nothing serious.

The team uses the spring game for fun, he added.

“We had a draft to put the players on the team, and the guys really like doing that,” Stump said. “We spend the other practices going ones versus ones and two’s versus twos. We have very physical practices where there’s a lot of hitting and contact.”

The spring is a time to put the Eagles in certain game-like situations Stump said. Atascocita will look to improve from its 11-2 record from last season with 17 returners coming back.

“I feel like we competed well during the spring,” said wide receiver Dylan Robinson. “This spring is going to get us ready for the season. We have a lot of returners, and it’s important to teach the younger players.”

Offensive lineman Jermarques Bailey felt the offensive line came together in the spring. With Will Jones, Tristen Hickman and rising sophomore Kameron Dewberry coming back, the offensive line will look to pave the way for the Eagles offense in the fall.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Bailey said. “We have to constantly just keep working over the summer if we want to have a great season. We have to keep striving for greatness. The offensive line is all about working together. We got better in this spring.”

The Eagles will compete in some 7-on-7 tournaments looking to qualify for the state tournament and will then begin offseason workouts to prepare for fall camp.

“We have eight weeks until we’re back,” Stump said. “We will have some 7-on-7s and our offseason program coming up. In the spring you can test everyone through adversity. High school players aren’t finished products so, there’s always room for improvement. I thought the spring was good for us, and now we just have to prepare for the next phase and get ready for the season.”

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