Although it’s still only mid-July, the Del Norte football team’s activities are starting to pick up, with professional strength and conditioning coach Ashley Goodman in town to take a couple groups of players — 29 athletes in all — through agility drills on Mondays and Wednesdays this week and next week.
Goodman, who has worked with college and professional athletes for about 10 years, most recently as a strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Tech University, has been coming back to the area to work with football players in Del Norte, Humboldt and Curry counties since 2016.
With the Warriors’ team practices officially kicking off on July 30 with two-a-days, Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova said it will be important for the players to internalize as much as they can from two weeks of workouts with Goodman.
“During double days you are going over your plays, so you don’t have time to go over the itty bitty details of the running steps,” Nova said. “That is what this is for. The little details will make you faster and stronger as a runner, and it will give you confidence in yourself and your balance. So when you do make a mistake and stumble you know how to make up that ground and finish the play. That is the object of the agilities.”
Nova said the Warriors have already been in action a little bit this summer, taking part in some 7-on-7 drills in Brookings last week. Nova said Del Norte is hoping to set up a similar day of 7-on-7 soon against Gold Beach.
“We are just trying to get the kids together and get them out,” Nova said. “Rather than facing each other, it is always nice to see an opponent. It’s also been nice to be able to put in our offensive and defensive schemes to some extent.”
Although still a couple weeks away from the official start to practice, the Del Norte football team will be busy over the next two weeks with players serving as coaches for the Del Norte Youth Football Camp July 23–25 in addition to a pulled pork fundraiser for the team taking place all day on July 23. Nova is also in the process of working out the details for a team camp at Bar-O Ranch July 27 and 28.
The annual Blue and Gold scrimmage is scheduled for Aug. 3 this year with junior varsity taking the field at 5:15 p.m. followed by the varsity at 5:45 p.m.
The Warriors are scheduled to kick off their regular season on Aug. 17 at home against