By Russell Sellers, Army Flier StaffOctober 28, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Having losing records isn't slowing either of Fort Rucker's youth football teams down as they prepare to face off against rival Daleville Nov. 1 here at 6 p.m.
During practice Tuesday, both head coaches took the teams through drills and instructions on the basics as well as some new material for Monday's game.
"We've had a formula we've been running all season, but for this game we're going to try something different," said Mike Reynolds, Fort Rucker varsity coach. "They've really improved a lot over the last few games and I think we'll do well Monday."
Quarterback Jeb Thompson, one of the senior members of this year's team, said the team has really worked hard this season and has quickly learned how to work together.
"We've got a lot of players who haven't played before, but we're getting a lot better," he said. "If we play as hard as we can, we could win (against Daleville)."
Currently the team is 0-4, but that isn't going to stop them from fighting hard on the field, according to Kris Coker, defensive end and defensive captain. He said he plans to get his team hyped before Monday's game.
"We usually get real loud and stomp around a lot," he said. "It gets us pumped up."
The junior varsity will also play against Daleville junior varsity Monday and Coach Antoine Griffin said he thinks his team is going to do fine.
"We change up our strategy all the time," he said. "We might run the ball one minute, and then pass the next. You never know what we might do."
Like the varsity team, the JV is filled mostly with players who've never played before. For Griffin, this isn't a problem, but an opportunity.
"We try to teach them the basics and fundamentals of the game," he said. "They need to have fun doing this as well as learn how to play the game."
While Daleville is a rivalry game, Griffin said his players treat each game the same way.
"All the games are rivalry games for us," he said. "Since a lot of the teams we play have been together for a long time, it's almost like a David and Goliath matchup, but we've been getting better and better each game. I think we're going to do fine in this one, too."
Quarterback Jeremiah Grimes said he feels comfortable being in the QB position and can manage a running or passing strategy.
"Running is easier, but I'm learning the passing game," he said. "I hope we get more touchdowns this time."
Damian Aldridge, JV linebacker and defensive captain, said he has enjoyed the season so far and hopes the defense can keep building on the momentum it's worked on since the season began.
"I'm making sure all the guys know where to go and what to do on the field," he said. "At first, I wasn't sure I wanted to play linebacker again this year, but after I did it, it was just a natural fit."