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Local teams take part in spring football practice
by Greg Oshust
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett coach Mike Muschamp and his Lions continued preparations for the defense of their Class AA state football championship during spring practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett coach Mike Muschamp and his Lions continued preparations for the defense of their Class AA state football championship during spring practice.
Lovett took the first steps towards defending its Class AA state football championship as it held its spring practice session last month.

The Lions, who were 14-1 last year, were missing several players during its spring practice period from April 28 through May 9 due to their participation in spring sports.

For Lovett coach Mike Muschamp, it was a time to focus on the fundamentals.

“We installed the basics of what we do defensively and offensively,” Muschamp said. “We didn’t do a lot, but we got a lot of reps doing our base stuff.”

While missing a big portion of his team, Muschamp said he was able to take a good look at his younger players and was encouraged by what he saw.

“We had a lot of young kids out there, which was good,” he said. “It went well. It is always good to get a new group together. We got a good start towards the upcoming season.”

Riverwood had 62 players turn out for its spring practice May 6 through 17.

The Raiders, who last year went 7-4 and made the state playoffs for the first time last year, worked on fundamentals and established their summer conditioning program.

Riverwood coach Robert Ingram said he was excited by the progress his team made as they look forward to building on its breakthrough season of a year ago.

“We feel it was the best spring practice we’ve had in the six years we’ve been here,” Ingram said of himself and his coaching staff. “There is a lot of excitement, because of our successful season and the possibilities for next season with so many returning players. The kids did a great job of practicing with passion and we were able to identify our leaders.”

Pace held its session May 5 through 9, with about 25 to 30 players at the beginning of the period and finishing with about 35 to 40.

The Knights, looking to improve even further after going 5-5 in 2013, were boosted in spring practice by a strong influx of promising young players that will allow them to establish a junior varsity program for the first time.

“It seems like the kids were very into practice,” Pace coach Chris Slade said. “The young kids showed up on time, did all the little things that you don’t know whether you are going to get or not from incoming freshmen and that was my big question mark. I know what my older guys can do. But I wanted to know what some of those young guys can do when they get out and took part and I thought they did a tremendous job showing up and being a part of our program.”

North Springs had more than 60 players turn out as it looks forward to the second season of the rebuilding project of coach Steve Horton.

The Spartans are looking to take another step forward after a 2013 season in which they went 1-9 and ended a 34-game losing streak.

“We really worked on our running game and installing a new defense,” Horton said. “Spring went great. We are exciting about the coming year.”

Both Westminster and Mount Vernon Presbyterian elected not to hold spring practice.

Instead both teams will take advantage of a new GHSA rule in which squads opting out of spring practice can schedule two preseason scrimmages instead of the usual one.

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