Over the years, Maclay football has had the tradition of providing an intense summer training program to prepare for the fall season. Last year, the summer program was limited due to Covid-19, but this year it was once again in full motion.
On Jun. 1, the summer workouts began. The workouts went from seven to nine a.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In the first week, called “max week,” the team found the maximum amount of weight they could power clean, bench and squat. They also tested for the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and L-drill.The next week, the team started out with lifting weights for about an hour and 15 minutes, and then finished the morning with about 45 minutes of sprints and cardio.
“Prepare like champions, both on and off the field,” coach Lance Ramer said. “Focus on the process and not the destination. Get better each day and control what we can control. If we do all these things then we feel like we have the potential to be a very good team!”
On Mondays the main lift was power cleans; Tuesdays were front squats; Wednesdays were hang cleans and Thursdays were squats. The running was different every day, but Tuesdays and Thursdays included sled pushes.
“As a team, we are aiming to put together a winning record this year and go deep in the playoffs,” team captain Jim Murrah said.
Over the course of the two months there were a total of 35 training days. A few players, such as junior Shane Croston, managed to make it to every training session. The players who showed up the most appeared to show the most improvement.
“My goals were to get stronger, faster and better overall,” junior Eli Harrell said. “I want to win State.”
The last day of summer training was Wednesday, July 28. That week was another “max week” to compare numbers from the beginning of the summer training to the end. Despite performing the exact movements and tests as the first week, every player saw improvement on their lifts and running. Freshman Adam Bailey, for example, gained over 100 pounds on his squat.
“My goal for this summer was to put in work in the weight room and on the field for morning workouts,” Bailey said.
The Maclay football team’s first game was on Aug. 20 at 7:30 P.M against Port St. Joe.