The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

August 7, 2013

GCS Eagles endure 104-degree heat

By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   Greenville Christian School’s Eagles practiced in 104-degree heat on Tuesday as they prepare for the 2013 six-man football season.

  “It went great even though it was really hot,” said Dave Wombaker, the Eagles’ second-year head coach.

  GCS practiced in the morning when it was cooler and then returned to work from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Eagles’ practice field.

  “We did very light work,” said Wombaker. “A lot of teaching.”

  The Eagles, who were in shorts and no pads, also took a lot of water breaks.

  “Oh yeah,” said Wombaker. “We’d go 15 minutes and take a 10-minute water break and then hose them down.”

  Wombaker said the Eagles didn’t get a cooling breeze nor much cloud cover. Still, they worked hard.

  “The guys had a great attitude and every one of them worked hard,” he said.

  Wombaker, assisted by Mickey Mixson, worked with 12 high school candidates and six middle school candidates.

  “We’ll get two high schoolers back when they get back from vacation and hopefully we’ll pick up seven middle schoolers when school starts,” he said.

  Senior quarterback Will Martens is one of four early leaders for the Eagles, according to Wombaker.

“He’s our most decorated player,” said the GCS coach. “He shows up early and leaves late.”

  Other leaders so far for the Eagles include junior Morgan Henry, senior Tristan Wooten and junior Michael Lutz.

  “They’re doing a great job of leading the younger ones,” said Wombaker.

  Their first scrimmage is scheduled for Aug. 17 at home against Fannindel, Dallas Fairhill and Richardson Canyon Creek. They’ll open the season at home on Aug. 31 against Arlington High Point Prep.