Gators looking for boost into summer

Wewahitchka Football

The Gators will open the spring jamboree tonight against Franklin County and will close it against Port St. Joe.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

When asked what his primary focus has been during spring football practice this month, Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School Dennis Kizziah did not think long.

“Blocking and tackling,” was the answer before the question was barely in the air. “We’ve been so bad at blocking and tackling the last couple of years. We have to get better.

“And I’ve learned through the years of coaching that the kid who wants to do it will do it. The kid who doesn’t want to block or tackle, he just doesn’t need to be out there.”

That ethic is also part of what Kizziah has used during the 16 days – fewer due to weather in Wewahitchka – of spring practice to toughen his team, to put an edge in his red-and-white clad team.

“We are trying to make them tougher,” Kizziah said. “We have a lot of kids who have been out before so they understand what we are trying to do, but we have really had some practices where we have done a lot of hitting.

“Part of it has been the fewer days we’ve had, I would guess we have had about 10 good practice days. But we have been really doing some hitting on some days. We have had three or four pretty long practices, longer than I prefer, which involved a lot of just basic blocking and tackling.”

The Gators lost a few key seniors, but are likely to dress out just a handful of seniors this season.

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