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Ashe football practice begins

Ashe County Huskies football coach Brian Hampton works with varsity and junior varsity teams in preparation for the upcoming season.

Originally published: Aug. 8, 2013
Last modified: Aug. 8, 2013

Steve Behr

WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe football coach Brian Hampton feels he has good participation on the varsity level. He’s a bit concerned about the junior varsity.

Ashe put about 70 players through two practices before the Huskies got to take Sunday off.

Just 24 players are on the junior varsity this season. It’s not a lot of depth for a team that will have to use several players on offense and defense.

It’s one of several reasons the Huskies ran several conditioning sprints at the end of their second practice.

“We’re seeing some good things from our varsity,” Hampton said. “They remember what we did last year with last year being my first year. It took us a while for us to learn my system and my schemes.”

Hampton said the Huskies got off to a late start last year because he was hired in April. The late date didn’t allow for a lot of spring workouts.

But the system is in place and Hampton said he can tell the difference.

“Right now, Connor Bowers is looking pretty good,” Hampton said. “He’s a junior and we pulled him up halfway into last year. Jonathan Cox at tailback is looking pretty good. He rushed for 1,300 yards last year. We’ve got a lot of experience coming back as far as our 13 seniors. The only problem is there are only 13 of them.”

The Huskies’ first two practices were typical for a team that is starting the season. The players did both team drills, some individual workouts and some position agility drills.

“Right now, the biggest problem with our jayvee guys is numbers,” Hampton said. “I think one thing that is really hurting us this year is the late school start. A lot of people think that we start when school starts and they moved it back to Aug. 20. I’m hoping we can get more then, but that’s going to be awful late.”

Any last minute players who come out for football on Aug. 20 will miss the Huskies scrimmage and Surry Central on Aug. 10 Ashe also scrimmages at East Surry on Aug. 16 before opening their season at North Surry on Aug. 23.

Ashe’s first home game is Aug. 30 against rival Watauga.

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