High school spring football starts this week

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By Claude Lewis

With apologies to the baseball team, football season is here, as far as Ajay Ulmer is concerned.

"I feel bad they got upset, but what happened has happened and we're looking ahead,"said Chiefland High's football coach. "It's football season."

CHS baseball, ranked eighth in Class 3A, lost to P.K. Yonge in the district semifinals last week. The Indian baseball team has a number of players who will be coming over to spring football practice, which begins Thursday.

"For us, we're glad to have them,"Ulmer said. "We've got a few key guys on the baseball team."

The first few days of practice – Thursday, Friday and Saturday –are in helmets and shorts.

"We'll be doing a lot of conditioning," Ulmer said. "We'll establish a work ethic. They get a little sore just wearing helmets. That's an extra five pounds."

On Monday, they'll break out the pads.

"We'll get 'em sore," Ulmer said. "You have to get sore to get the soreness out of you. The first days will be close contact. We'll be doing a lot of blocking drills."

Helping Ulmer coach this spring are Brian Gore, Mark Lundy and Marcus Mazzorra.

"We had a coaches meeting and we want to coach fast tempo,"Ulmer said. "High energy, lots of reps. We want the blue collar work ethic to carry over to the fall."

Chiefland will play its spring game on May 23 at Fort White. Chiefland defeated Lafayette in last year's spring game –Ulmer's first as head coach at CHS.

Ulmer is happy with the progress the players made in the weight room during the offseason.

"We've made good gains across the board,"he noted.

The players will max out on their fund-raising Lift-A-Thon prior to the first day of practice.

The Quarterback Club has a lot going on over the next month.

First off, the annual election of officers will be held at 6 p.m. May 6 in the video room next to the weight room. There are roughly 50 members and they need to come out to vote and catch up on the latest news.

Ulmer said there will be a push for new membership.

"We'd like to get more people involved,"he said. "I think they were talking about having a booth at the Watermelon Festival."

Another fund-raiser will be on Friday, May 23, as QB Club will prepare and deliver barbecue lunches.

And details of the golf tournament will soon be finalized.