'Clear the yard' - Nason continues careful practices

A PATRIOT BACK turns up the field against a Tioga defense in a previous season contest. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

Franklin Parish head football coach Sonny Nason is using a saying his dad had back when he was young and it was time to come in for the night.

“Clear the yard.”

Nason uses that saying after football practices to make sure everyone leaves and does not huddle around to follow the coronavirus guidelines.

Nason said he has not had a player test positive for the coronavirus.

“We’re keeping a close eye on everyone,” Nason said.

Nason said he has cameras set up around the campus and can watch from his office.

“If they are gathering around I tell them to clear the yard and go home,” Nason said. “We’ve had more cases popping up and it may be only a matter of time for us. But we’re checking temperatures every day when they come in and so far we haven’t had to turn anybody away. They remain in their same group each day.”

Nason began workouts Thursday.

Nason has had about 66 players competing in workouts.

“They were moving around a lot better and beginning to understand what we were asking of them,” Nason said. “The more we can do that, the more time we can spend installing our offense and defense. I think the players are excited just like we are.”

Nason said because of restrictions he is not spending a lot of time in the weight room.

“You can have a spotter, but he can’t touch a kid,” Nason said. “So right now we’re working on their wind instead of the weights. And we’ll continue doing this for three days a week. This hopefully will get us into phase 3 on June 26 when we can have 50 to a group and will be able to get into the weight room. We’re keeping them apart, but the problem has been after practice is over when they all want to muddle up together. And we can’t control what they do when they leave here. We’re just following all guidelines here so that hopefully we can get into doing some 7-on-7.”

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