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Abrams leads Trojans in spring fooball practice

By Ken K. Green Full of excitement and anticipation, LCHS started spring football practice Monday under first year head coach Jamie Abrams. Drills will continue through Saturday this week and Monday through Wednesday next week, culminating with an intra-squad scrimmage at Trojan Field. Abrams expected around 60 rising ninth-12th graders to take part in spring workouts. Word is there may be quite a few more as space in the field house locker room had run out and coaches were scrambling to find a place for some players to dress and store equipment. A major emphasis this spring will be put on developing depth at the skill positions on offense and in the defensive secondary. The coaching staff will also be in search of someone to handle the kicking and punting duties. The Trojans return five starters on offense and on defense from last fall’s 14-1 region champion and state runners-up team. The most experience will be in the trenches where defensive linemen Rashad Johnson and Alex Gardner return, as do offensive linemen Michael Bannister and Chris Elliott. Also returning are fullback Juan Tucker, linebacker Pippin Davis, tight end Marcus Fuller and athlete LJ Smith, who saw considerable time on both sides of the ball last season and is expected to take the majority of snaps at quarterback where he saw time as a backup last year. As for change in philosophy and scheme with the new head coach, Abrams says there will not be a wholesale change in any phase, offense, defense or special teams.’ ‘However, we will tweak things if needed to best suit our current players,’ he said.

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