by Jana Rayburn
Being a Chester Yellowjacket football player is not for the weak at heart. The team has now completed their first week of workouts and the remaining athletes have proven their desire to be fit, strong, and ready for a challenging season. Coach Beam and Coach Wooten put the boys through an entire week of workouts intended to improve speed, increase agility, and build up endurance. These workouts have been tough and the temperature has been hot, but the players have showed up and worked hard.
All four senior players talked about how hard this week has been physically. But in the same breath, they all agreed that it will be worth it when the season gets underway. They appreciate both Beam and Wooten and all the time and effort they have put into the team already.
Colten Martin said, "Our workouts focus on us building up strength and speed at the same time. We've had to step up on our conditioning so that we can play at our best every snap. Every person on the team will be expected to step up and contribute to the team."
Cord Neal believes week one was a success. He said, "We learned a lot from Coach Beam and Coach Wooten. We learned the new offense schematics and defense. This years' team is relatively young, but I expect great things out of them."
Clay Thomson also thought the week went well for the Jackets, adding, "Even though we have had several players quit, I feel confident that with the players we have left, we can be just as good as any other six man team out there."
Junior Henson is not afraid of all the hard work. He said, "The harder we work, the better we will become. The workouts push all of us on the team to work harder and harder."
The Yellowjackets will hold their Purple and Gold Scrimmage on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. This will give all those eager Jacket Fans a look at the Chester Yellowjacket football team.
The Lady Jacket volleyball teams traveled to Warren on Friday, August 5 to scrimmage the Lady Warriors. The Lady Jackets made a strong showing. Both Coach Armstrong and Coach Byrd were pleased with their performance.
Byrd said, "We did a good job. We got a good look at the girls and we know what we need to work on." Both coaches are looking forward to this season and seeing improvements each week.
The Lady Jackets will have a home game on Tuesday, August 16 at 4 p.m. against Nacogdoches Area Home School.