Preparation for the 2019 season has been non-stop for the Weatherford Kangaroos, who are looking to build on last year’s Class 6A playoff berth.
Between the team’s strength-based training back in the spring, speed and agility focused summer workouts and a slew of college camps, 7-on-7 tournaments and linemen competitions, Weatherford’s players have pulled no punches in anticipation of their upcoming campaign.
Desire to take the field in regular season action has been so high among the Roos in fact, that Weatherford Head Football Coach Billy Mathis has stressed to his players the importance of remaining patient and trusting the process.
“The eagerness is there,” Mathis said.
“They’re ready to go ahead and strap it on and get going. You go and spend all spring and summer competing against each other, the kids get to where they want to go out there and play football. They want to go out there and compete against other schools and show how much physically and mentally stronger they’ve gotten.
“Trying to keep everybody reigned in, that’s my job as a coach. It’s kind of like pregame. You don’t want to get too amped up before the game, you want it to all come together right at the beginning.
“We’ve spent this summer getting amped up. The thing you worry about as a coach is, you don’t want the kids to be tired when the season starts. You want them to have that eagerness. And they do.”
Mathis said with June all but in the books, he is excited about all the team has accomplished heading into the Fourth of July break.
“We’ve been playing in the 7-on-7 league with the schools and counties around us; Aledo, Boswell, Brock, Springtown [to name a few],” Mathis said.
“We finished Tuesday night. We were 2-0 that night. We beat Boswell and Azle to finish out the month of June. All groups from our varsity down to our seventh-grade teams did great. They all won a lot of games, and the games we did lose, we found some good coaching points in there for them.
“We started doing [the LineMAN Challenge] last year and the kids really loved competing in [it again].
“It’s been a good start to the summer.
“Fourth of July is coming up. It’s kind of our halftime. We get the week off, and then we come back and two-a-days start August 5. The buy in of the kids is still great, the weight room is packed every morning.
“I couldn’t be happier. I’m proud of the kids. We as coaches spend time up here working every day getting ready. The kids are doing their part, so from an overall team perspective, I’m excited about where we’re at.”
Mathis said that optimism in the Roos’ locker room will only grow in late July and early August as the team wraps up its body of offseason/summer work.
“I’m glad we still have a couple weeks of work before the season starts, but I know it’s going to be an exciting year,” Mathis said.
“I think we’re gonna be bigger, faster and stronger than we’ve ever been.”