Head coach David Plunk of the Hallsville Bobcats dropped in with me on SportsRadio Live to talk about the 2010 football season. The Bobcats went 3-7 last season, and are now in the eight-team District 14-4A with John Tyler, Whitehouse, Kilgore, Jacksonville, Pine Tree, and Nacogdoches.
Reid: How’s practice been so far for you this season?
David: It’s been hot, I’ll say that. The kids are looking good, they’re responding well. We’re trying to get as much in the cool of the day as much as we can, although I’m not sure there’s a cool part of the day anymore.
Reid: You’ve got eight starters back on offense for you, it starts up front with Josh Cochran who’s committed to UT, and running back Quantrail Johnson. You’ve got to like what you see with the returning players out there.
David: I do, they’re kids who got a lot of playing experience last year. Not only did they get playing time, but they were the focus of our offense last year. They’re used to being under the lights for us.
Reid: How about on defense, you’ve got five starters back, right?
David: We do, we’re strong up front. Kyle Pack anchors our defensive line, he’s a two year starter. He’s the type of kid that’ll play college football somewhere. T.D. Snyder was a starter on the defensive side as a sophomore, Trey Guinn started last year for us, Chase Reeder’s a kid who came in and had a lot of playing time for us last year. Our defensive line I feel will be solid. Austin Teodorczyk is a returne at linebacker, he played ten games for us last year. What we do have to do is gain some experience in the secondary. We did lose most of our defensive backs, as those kids come along, we should get better.
Reid: Hallsville’s got a couple of good special teamers in Austin Lightle and Collin Bradley. How much does that help knowing those positions are stable for you?
David: We’ve been fortunate the last two years, our kicking game has been pretty solid. Collin’s been our punter for the last two years, he’s a two-time all-state punter. Collin not only has a great leg, he’s got enough awareness about him and athletic ability, he can handle situations. If it’s a bad snap, he can handle the situation. Austin is a kid who kicked for us last year, before that, his older brother kicked for us. He’s solid, got a good strong leg. If you’re going to be a good football team, you’ve got to be good at all phases of the game.
Reid: This is a new district, eight teams, three pre-district games. What do you need to see before those district games start?
David: Our secondary’s got to gain some experience and get better. Offensively, we’ve got to throw the ball better than we did last year. We spent a lot of time in the spring and summer trying to get more efficient. That’s some things we need to work on not only in the predistrict games but also the scrimmages. I feel good about our running game, if we can come along and get efficient throwing the football I feel we can be a pretty good football team.
Reid: Hallsville has two guys now playing on Sundays, you’ve got a couple right now that will be playing on Saturdays, how much does that mean to your program and the school?
David: It’s like anything else. You want to give your kids something to shoot for. They want to look at a kid like a Rodderick Muckleroy or a Clint Ingram and emulate those types of kids. Roderick is a kid who made it at the University of Texas because of his character. He had great ability, no doubt, but he made it because of his character. He was the type of kid you want coming through your program, and you want coming back. He’s always been really good with us, when he’s in town he comes up here and works out. He’s a good influence on our players growing up. You want your kids looking at Rodderick or Clint Ingram, and know there’s hope for them to work for a goal.
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