In its first spring practice with full pads, Heber Springs didn't come to paint as former Razorback Coach Bobby Petrino once said following a win over LSU. The Panthers tackled to the ground during an 85-play scrimmage Friday at Panther Stadium.
In its first spring practice with full pads, Heber Springs didn’t come to paint as former Razorback Coach Bobby Petrino once said following a win over LSU. The Panthers tackled to the ground during an 85-play scrimmage Friday at Panther Stadium.
“My thing about spring practice is we are going to compete,” said Heber Coach David Farr. “We are going to go out and hit and have some contact. We don’t want the first contact we have to be our real scrimmage game in August. We want to initiate contact and get guys hitting.
“The more contact you have the more it calluses you. You become used to it and then you get to the point where you look for it,” Farr continued. “I like contact. There is a time to do it. You can’t go all the time full speed but there is a time to put it down and let them play ball. When we scrimmage it’s going to be live and all the way to the ground. We’ll do it again this Thursday and again in the Red/White game [Friday, May 30].”
Farr saw positives on both sides of the ball during Friday’s scrimmage.
“I thought the scrimmage went really well. I was very impressed with a lot of guys defensively. I was proud of the way Will Brown stepped up, I thought Sterling Castleberry did some great things on defense as well. There are a lot of guys I feel like have really developed but those two stand out the most to me.”
With duel-threat quarterbacks Hunter Chandler, Pierce Mitchum and Austin McVay taking snaps behind center, the Panthers worked on their read option attack mixed with a rollout passing game.
“Offensively it was a great experience,” said Farr. “It’s really hard to simulate full speed tempo for our offense if we are not scrimmaging. The reason I say that is our offense took off but the stalemated a little but upfront. As we went on in the scrimmage they got better and better.
“I was proud of the way they responded. They continued to grind on through. We kinda had some mishaps initially but they pushed on through and as a unit they got a lot better on Friday,” said Farr, who wasn’t pleased with Monday’s workout.
The Panthers took a team retreat to a ranch outside Rose Bud this past weekend.