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Spring football brings end to ‘boring’ time

Franklin Williams (left) and Isaiah Johnson collide during a practice drill.

Franklin Williams (left) and Isaiah Johnson collide during a practice drill.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Though it sometimes feels to Union County High School head football coach Ronny Pruitt that the 2013 season just ended, he was ready for spring practices to begin.

“I’m glad to be back out here,” he said during the team’s May 12 practice. “It gets boring after a while, not being able to be around the kids.”

Linebacker Casey Driggers said he’s been ready to go back at it since the Tigers’ season came to an end in the regional playoffs with a loss to District 7-1A rival Dixie County. Still, it’s not easy to exert oneself for a couple of hours in the heat of a Florida day.

“It’s tough, especially if you don’t work out like you’re supposed to in the off-season,” Driggers said, “but if you push through it, it just makes you stronger.”

Driggers said getting through practice is just a matter of having the right mindset.

“You can always push harder than you think,” he said. “You’ve just got to keep working and drink lots of water.”

Union caps its spring by hosting a classic against Duval Charter on Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

Franklin Williams (left) and Isaiah Johnson collide during a practice drill.

Franklin Williams (left) and Isaiah Johnson collide during a practice drill.

Offensive line coach Matthew Elixson employs the help of Charlie Watkins to demonstrate technique.

Offensive line coach Matthew Elixson employs the help of Charlie Watkins to demonstrate technique.

Jacquez Warren gets in some work with fellow defensive linemen.

Jacquez Warren gets in some work with fellow defensive linemen.

Josh Smith is a returning defensive lineman.

Josh Smith is a returning defensive lineman.

Tyler McDavid (right) attacks a tackling bag held by Willie Rogers.

Tyler McDavid (right) attacks a tackling bag held by Willie Rogers.

Running back Darion Robinson carries the ball as head coach Ronny Pruitt looks on.

Running back Darion Robinson carries the ball as head coach Ronny Pruitt looks on.

Zach Lee catches a pass while practicing route running.

Zach Lee catches a pass while practicing route running.

Quarterback Caleb Cox gets some work in during the Tigers’ May 12 practice.

Quarterback Caleb Cox gets some work in during the Tigers’ May 12 practice.

Dairon Alexander gets low during a practice drill as some of his teammates—including Isaiah Johnson (foreground, left)—await their turn.

Dairon Alexander gets low during a practice drill as some of his teammates—including Isaiah Johnson (foreground, left)—await their turn.

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