Football prefers weight room; Youth is served with soccer

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FORTVILLE — Despite the fact that his team can’t conduct two-a-days and that his overall practice time has been cut, Doug Armstrong isn’t budging from his strength training roots.

“I guess I’m too stubborn to give up on the importance of … I don’t want our football practice time to go in place of our weightlifting,” said the second-year MV football coach. “I’m still sold on getting stronger and doing conditioning. We’re trying to keep that as our main focus.”

Armstrong said there wasn’t an adjustment period after taking the MV job in March of 2011. He credited his players for buying in immediately and cited a trio of rising senior running backs for assuming leadership roles and backing up their talk with being constantly present at practice.

“Tyler Dicks, Kameryn Risper and Anthony Burnett have been really solid for us all summer,” Armstrong explained. “They have 100 percent attendance and their work ethic is very good.”

Four more seniors have also caught Armstrong’s eye: linemen Nick Smoot and Brandon Lindman as well as Andy Spears and Cody Baker. The latter two are going to be leaned on as defensive leaders.

Sophomore two-way players Lucas Rice (lineman), Dan Werner (receiver/linebacker) and Gabe Estes (fullback/linebacker) will be “key factors” for the Marauders according to Armstrong, who will continue to stick to his philosophy of fitness before football terminology.

“We get the other stuff as we can. I just don’t want to spend my whole summer running plays,” he said. “I want to build strength and stamina. If we get that done, we’ll be OK.”

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