PORT ARTHUR — Some things to talk about while the football season gets going in earnest…
1) First day of pads for Titans
Friday marked the first day that football teams participating in spring practice could don pads. That meant the Port Arthur Memorial Titans could finally get to the business of practicing like they’re going to play on Fridays this fall.
After a Thursday practice that head coach Kenny Harrison called one of the best he’s seen, the Titans were a little sluggish on Friday, but quickly got out of it.
“The team responded well,” Harrison said. “We could have picked it up a little bit, but they were competitive. They had a great day yesterday, came out this morning and got after it a little bit. We’re going scrimmage (Saturday) and that will be our last evaluation, so we’re looking forward to that.”
One thing the Titans didn’t do was go through any Oklahoma drills or other forms of hitting practice to get used to the pads. Why?
“We just go through a normal practice,” Harrison said. “We tried that two years in a row and we lost two starters two years in a row, so we canned those drills. We found out who can hit in the spring, so we just go through as many game situations as we can.”
No truth to the rumor that Harrison simply didn’t want to run any drill that was named after the team that beat up on his beloved Longhorns every year in the Red River Shootout.
2) Right tackle battle
The Memorial coaching staff figured out most of its position battles during spring drills, but one area where renewed competition has popped up in the past week is at right tackle.
Out of the spring, Khaleb Fobish had unseated Jayvon Wright as the starter. Wright played some right tackle last season as a sophomore, but was moved over to defense in the spring. Both players had good summer workouts and are in a tight race to see who the starter might be in Week Zero.