Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hobbs football, Gleghorn putting the pieces together this spring

Clayton Jones/News-Sun
Hobbs coach Charles Gleghorn talks to a player during the Eagles' athletic
period Tuesday at Watson Stadium.
  I really wasn't sure what to expect when I went out to Hobbs' football athletic period earlier this week.
  New head coach Charles Gleghorn has the huge duty of turning a football program that has lost 14 of its last 17 games with its run-first, conservative style of football into a wide-open, hurry-up spread offense.
  After all, he's just had since the middle of January to work with the Eagle players so my expectations weren't too high.
  I must say, I was impressed with what I saw.
  Players had a bounce in their step and morale was good as Gleghorn and defensive coordinator Mike Felicetti put the Eagles through the paces. Drills were run crisp and, most importantly, the Eagles appear to be taking to the spread offense well.
Clayton Jones/News-Sun
A Hobbs player makes a catch during a
drill Tuesday at Watson Stadium.
  There was plenty of throwing and catching during this workout as the players learned their signals (it's going to be no-huddle, so this is crucial), routes and assignments. While last year's starting quarterback Brayden Price couldn't participate due to an injury (he should be back soon), he was still right there learning everything. Last season's back-up quarterback Kolin Zembas looked good throwing the football and seemed to have a solid grasp on the offense.
  I also learned of at least three 7-on-7 events Hobbs will be going to this summer (something the Eagles haven't done the last few years). Hobbs will be going to Chaparral on June 30 for a Texas vs. New Mexico event, the Eagles will be hosting an event July 14 and then will be taking a freshman, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity crew to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on July 20.
  Hobbs also plans to run mid-week 7-on-7s against local teams, Gleghorn said.
  I have a more in-depth story about where Hobbs football is with its transition to Gleghorn in Sunday's edition of the Hobbs News-Sun.