East Webster's Price likes what he sees after a week

East Webster head football coach Ron Price

Staff Writer

Year two of the Ron Price era at East Webster has had a different feel to it and it feels good for the coach.

There’s many new faces and the team actually got younger than they were a season ago, but Price has felt his team steadily maturing in its preparation for the new season. The first week of practice has been an encouraging one.

“I like our football team, I like our kids and I like our attitude after a week of practice,” Price said. “We have a young team and a lot of question marks at a lot of different positions. It’s next man up. We’re just trying to get the pieces in the right spot.”

One of the reasons there seems to be such a push by the players to succeed is Price’s system of rewarding hard work. There are no free spots being given away by the coach for being the best players, positions are earned by participation and relentless work ethic.

“We’re trying to reward the kids right now that came to the summer workouts and gave 100 percent in 7-on-7,” Price said. “We feel like they’ve earned that starting spot, but we’ve challenged everyone on the team to fight for their positions.”

The team worked a full week on the practice fields in Cumberland getting back to the basics and learning the offense and defense that’s expected by the staff. The Wolverines finished up the week with their first scrimmage in full pads on Saturday morning and will push forward into next week with more work in preparation for the season.

The next step is Aberdeen in the preseason jamboree on Friday night. Price wants to see what his team is made of because its will is going to be tested from the very beginning of the season against Choctaw County. For now, he’s teaching them to treat each day as a priority.

“You try to express to your seniors that once you play football games, the seasons go really fast," Price said. "You want to enjoy every second and every minute and not take this for granted. After you play high school football, you never get this back.”

So far, so good for Price and his second edition at East Webster. The approach has been there and the intensity level there as well.

Now, it’s off to preparing for the real games in hope of finding success again.

“After a week, I couldn’t ask for anything more," Price said. "The seniors are doing a great job of being leaders and the kids are doing what you ask them to do. Hopefully, their effort and attitudes will pay off and they can taste what it feels like to win.”