The community is encouraged to come out and support the Coahoma Bulldogs as they kick off football workouts starting with a Midnight Madness Practice Sunday night.
According to Coahoma ISD Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Chris Joslin, UIL rules allow programs to officially start practice on Monday Aug. 5, so the team will begin workouts at 12:01 a.m.
“It’s the first practice. The players are going to have a lot of high energy, so why not do it in the cool weather,” Joslin said. “Plus, it gives the parents an opportunity to come watch. Most of the time when you are practicing in the morning, parents are at work. I know it’s late at night, but it is a good chance for parents to come up and watch the first practice, and makes it pretty neat for the kids.”
Joslin also encourages the community to attend the event which will be held at the Bill Easterling Memorial Stadium.
“The stands will be open,” he said. “We will turn on the lights a few minutes before midnight and then we will come out there and get going. Anybody in the community that wants to come, we will be out doing our normal thing. Just come out and support these boys who have put in all this time.”
Following the three-hour workout, the players will have 36 hours to recuperate before reporting to practice again at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Joslin added the staff and the players are geared up for the football season.
“We’ve been excited for this time to come since November,” he said. “The kids have put in a lot of hard work over the off season. We had outstanding numbers over the summer with both boys and girls working out. We had over 70 kids make the 100 percent club which is awesome. We have great senior leadership for both the boys and girls and that is trickling down into the other grades, so we are excited to see what happens.”
Now with a full year under his belt as the Bulldog head coach, Joslin, who was hired in the summer of 2018, said he and his staff are feeling much more confident heading into the season.
“We are 900 times ahead of where we were last year,” he said. “Last year, we still felt like we were ready to go when it was time, but we’ve taken advantage of the new rules this summer to get some looks at some kids, we played 7-on-7 and then we did a lot of stuff in the spring. With that and summer workouts, we are way ahead of where we were this time last year.”
Fans will see a change on the Bulldog defense this year. Thanks to the hire of new defensive coordinator Mitchell Woodard, Coahoma has added a 3-4 defensive strategy to the playbook. Woodard, who comes to Coahoma from Big Spring, will also served as the head track coach. Also new to the staff are Robert Sanchez, who was hired in the spring and will coach the outside linebackers, and K.J. Glaspie, a Stanton High School graduate, who joins the offensive coaching team.
As preparation for preseason nears, Joslin said the staff and players are eager to hit the gridiron come one minute past midnight Monday morning.
“We are doing this to get the players a workout in cool weather and to give them a big break in between the first and second practice, but it would be great to have parents and the community come out,” Joslin said. “They have put in a lot of hard work since November of last year. This is the first chance you will get to see what the 2019 Bulldogs look like.
The 2019 Varsity Bulldog schedule
Crane (H) Scrimmage, Aug. 16, Time TBD
Ozona (A) Scrimmage, Aug. 23 Time TBD
Forsan (H) (In Big Spring), Aug 30
McCamey (A), Sept. 6
Wink (H) Homecoming, Sept. 13
Slaton (H) Sr Night, Sept. 20
Iraan (A), Sept. 27
Open, Oct. 4
Idalou* (H), Oct 11
Abernathy* (A), Oct. 18
Stanton* (H) Gold Out, Oct. 25
Colorado City* (H) Sr Walk, Nov. 1
Lubbock Roosevelt* (A), Nov. 8
*Denotes District game
All game times are 7:30 P.M. unless noted otherwise