The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

April 30, 2014

Greenville Lions practice football in mild temperatures

By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   With a temperature in the 70s and a cool breeze, the Greenville Lions practiced in nearly ideal conditions on Tuesday’s second day of spring football practice.

  “I think it’s going to be even better tomorrow,” said Greenville coach Marvin Sedberry, after putting the Lions through the paces at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.

  Much better temperatures than if the Lions gave up spring training for an extra week of workouts in hot August.

  “By far,” said Sedberry. “At least it’s better for me, if nothing else.”

  The University Interscholastic League gives teams in the top two classifications the option of three weeks of spring training or the extra week in August. Sedberry opted for spring training, as he did last season.

  Sedberry and his staff of assistants are working with 92 players, who are practicing on weekdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

  “We’ve got a few days where we come in early and hit the weights,” said Sedberry.

  He said the Lions’ attitudes are “pretty good.”

  “I think overall the kids are excited,” he said. “We were better today than we were yesterday. These ol’ kids, they like to play.”

  The Lions are hoping to end a string of four straight winless seasons. Their 2014 season opener is on Aug. 29 at North Garland.

  “We’re just trying to get better,” said Sedberry. “Of course, spring you try to identify who your starters are.”

  The Lions will continue spring practice until May 22, when they play the Red-White game at Ford Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.