After three weeks on the practice field, the Shoemaker Grey Wolves wrap up the spring football season with their annual spring game Wednesday at the school’s practice field.
The Shoemaker Blue team takes on the Shoemaker White team at 6 p.m. in a game that is free and open to the public.
The Grey Wolves used the spring to build a primary depth chart for preseason practice in August. The game will feature a unique scoring system where the defense can score points based on sacks, turnovers, three-and-outs, fourth-down stops, interceptions and fumble recoveries.
Shoemaker looks to build on the best season in school history in 2013, when the Grey Wolves went 7-4 and made the playoffs for the second time since the school opened in 2000.
Head coach Channon Hall spoke with the Killeen Daily Herald’s Albert Alvarado about the game and how the team looked in the spring.
How excited are you to see what the guys can do in a game-like situation?
It’s going to be exciting; it’s going to be the finale of it. All the work’s been put in at this point and the spring game is about having some fun and seeing how our guys perform under the big stage.
What can Grey Wolves fans expect to see at the game?
What they will see is a lot of aggression, a lot of people running around the ball, offensive guys hitting defensive guys and defensive guys hitting the offensive guys. It’ll be a lot of aggression, a lot of physicality. It’s what we’re looking for; it’s been our main focus in spring.
How challenging is it to put together the spring football rosters?
It’s not going to be hard. We’ve got a system in place set up. We’re going to do a true divide and we’re going to put them in their spots. I have a points system where defense could score points as well as offense.
How do you use spring football and the game to make a depth chart for the fall?
The bottom line is we use the spring to gauge those varsity guys and see who our best players are. We feel like we have a good idea of who those guys are, but at the same time, we challenge those younger guys and those guys on the bubble. They’ve got a chance to get in the summer time, put in some work and show some more commitment to gain the trust of the coaches.
How valuable is the spring for special teams?
We get a lot done not just on the scheme of kickoff and kickoff return, but more on the progression of who runs to the ball, who’s aggressive, who blocks well and who does well in situations. From that evaluation, we move those guys on to the schematic part of special teams.
Who are some of the most improved players on the team?
I feel like everyone’s improved. I like our players as a whole. I feel like we got better and I think we have a chance to have one of the better defenses on the field in this area, and that’s what we plan to do. That’s been our focus all spring is finding the right guys to make this the most dominating defense around.