By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
TROY — The sound of bodies crashing into blocking pads was broken by the shrill sound coming from the whistle hanging out of Scot Brewer’s mouth.
Action ceased for a split second, then was followed by 96 Troy High School football players (69 players in grades 10-12 and 27 freshmen) rushing off to the next station.
“Hurry up! Get a drink, then move it!” the Troy football coach shouted to his players.
On the first day of official practice for the Trojans — with so many new faces in so many new places — there was not a second to waste.
“The kids are doing a good job,” Brewer said of the first practice of the season, which took place Monday. “We’ve got to get the most out of every second of practice. The first day has gone really well — we feel we’ve made the most out of every second.”
After losing — or moving — nearly every starter from the 2013 season on both sides of the ball, Brewer and his staff are looking to make sure every practice counts. The Ohio High School Athletic Association allowed football teams to begin practice last Friday, but Brewer — hoping quality would mean more than quantity — elected not to have the Trojans start until Monday.
“We wanted the kids to come in refreshed and ready to go,” Brewer said.
Brewer said part of his decision not to have his team start practice until Monday was based on how well the players performed in summer camps during the month of July.
“We got to spend 10 days with the kids over the last three weeks and they did an outstanding job,” Brewer said. “In our three weeks of camp, we got a ton don in terms of installation and instruction.”
Still, though, Brewer knows the next few weeks leading up to the season opener against Chaminade Julienne will be crucial for the Trojans. Troy almost certainly will play 11 new starters on the offensive side of the ball when the season opens — and could see anywhere from eight to 11 news starters or former starters playing in new positions on defense.
“We are learning something new every day — sometimes even when it’s the same play,” Brewer said.
One thing Brewer does like is the attitude he’s seen from his team this summer.
“This is a great group of kids,” he said. “They have put in the work all summer. They come here every day ready to work. I’ve definitely been impressed with what we’ve seen out of the kids. The attitudes have all been outstanding. We are really looking forward to the season.”
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