Tate pleased with Gents' progress

CROWLEY – With summer winding down and the start of school just weeks away, Crowley High football coach and athletic director Tommy Tate is pleased with the progress his Gents have made during their offseason workout period.

The Gents, who return a number of starters from last year’s 9-3 second round playoff team, are wrapping up their final week of summer workouts before beginning August camp on Monday.

“We have spent a lot of time with strength training and speed work, but we try and incorporate some football during the course of the week also,” said Tate of the Gents summer drills. “We try to do that on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesdays. As part of our speed work, we’d actually do football drills.

“It might be offensive emphasis one day and defensive another day. It’s worked out good. We’ve got a lot accomplished as far as far as terminology both offensively and defensively. It just gives up a little bit of review and we’ll start over from scratch once we start August camp.”

Pass scales, better known as 7-on-7 passing drills, have been a big plus for the Gents, who were supposed to take on Teurlings Thursday morning. That was cancelled when the Rebels were unable to make the short trip to Crowley High.

“It’s not real football because we don’t have the pass rush and the blitzes and stuff like that,” said Tate of the pass scale format. “But there is a time put on the quarterback throwing the football and there’s a lot of coverage schemes to different formations and that type of stuff.

“It’s really something that I think everybody needs to take advantage of. Quarterbacks get a lot of work with timing with the receivers and, on the defensive side, you get to recognize formations, movement in the formations with motion and you get the terminology with the checks and that type of stuff.”

With the official start of football practice two weeks away, the Gents will use next week to get all their physicals and paperwork done as well as installing special teams packages.

“This is really an exciting time for us,” said Tate. “Hopefully next week, we can get everyone’s paperwork done, we can install our special teams and we can get some football introduced. But there won’t be any pads so it will be more perimeter stuff and 7-on-7 type stuff.”

Tate’s squad will get one more pass scale in on Wednesday when they take on Notre Dame at 9 a.m. at the Gents’ practice field behind the school.

The first official practice will be on Aug. 9 and schools can put on full pads beginning on Aug. 12.

In addition to the summer workouts, Tate also announced the hiring of coach Brian Keltner, who replaces coach Brian Gary. Gary and his wife Christina (head volleyball and assistant softball coach) left Crowley High over the summer to take coaching jobs in Florida.

“Coach Gary has moved on and that is something that he and his wife had looked forward to doing sometime during the course of their careers,” said Tate. “They had an opportunity and they didn’t pass on it.”

Keltner joined the Gents’ staff after being the head football coach and athletic director at Cathedral Carmel, which is a feeder school to St. Thomas More in Lafayette.

“Brian (Keltner) joined the staff about mid-summer and he hit the ground running,” said Tate of Keltner, who also has coached at Cecilia and St. John of Plaquemine. “He’s doing a great job with our strength training and he’s working with the defensive front so that was a smooth transition. He is a good addition to our staff and it was good that we could get him in over the summer so he could get work with the kids and the coaches.”

Crowley will open the 2010 season with a scrimmage at Beau Chene on Aug. 20 before participating in the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree at Kaplan on Aug. 27 where they will play Erath. The Gents will then open the regular season at home against Jennings on Sept. 3 before hitting the road for three straight games at Abbeville, Bolton and Peabody.

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