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Abbott Upbeat on Angry Red Heading into the Summer

KSCB News - May 24, 2012 4:32 pm

It’s difficult to find a day when Angry Red head football coach Cliff Abbott looks at the glass as half empty rather than half full. Coming off of a 2-7 season in which not much went right, Abbott chooses optimism heading into a crucial summer for his football team. Going into his second season as head coach, Abbott focuses on positives like that fact that in an otherwise meaningless game to conclude last season, the Redskins made a goal line stand to beat lowly Wichita West. A wild celebration ensued which Abbott jokingly admits looked like the Skins had won a state championship. Abbott says his players have been hungry all off season to turn the program around. He lauds his teams’ work in the weight room and savors the chance to work with the team this summer when his staff and systems have been in place for one year. Liberal hasn’t had a winning football team since 2005 (6-4) and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2004. LHS has lost 14 straight WAC games spanning three different head coaches.

That’s why this summer is so crucial for the Redskins to tie up every loose end possible and build comraderie. The process begins with team camp June 4-6. The team meeting will be from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. with practice running from 9-11. The second session runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the third session will involve team building at 6:30. There will be a 7-7 team passing camp at LHS Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Powerhouse Gym will be open for high school boys from 6:30 a.m to 8 a.m. The Fun Runs are July 30, 31, August 2, 6, 7, and 9th. Practice begins August 13. The Redskins open at home against Ulysses August 31.

 

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