While most schools across Arkansas just finished spring football practices, Junction City conducted its practices in April.
Now the Dragons are ready to build off of their early practices by attending a team camp in Magnolia today.
The Dragons will face Lafayette County, Gurdon and Magnolia.
“We’re going to see what we can do,” said Junction City coach Brad Smith.
“What we try to get out of team camps is find out who can, who will and put some young ones in the fire real fast. It’s a rather inexpensive lesson to see how good your young kids are.”
Smith said he was pleased with how the practices in April went, and that it would likely continue in upcoming years.
“I think so,” Smith said. “It was really good. At the end of the year, you worry about kids because if they’re a little short on grades, we need to make sure they’re going to have the right grades. The last month of school, our guys got to concentrate on academics.”
Smith added that the Dragons made strides on offense during their April practices.
“We got our new stuff on offense in,” Smith said. “We found a couple of running backs that we weren’t sure of.”
Today’s camp at Magnolia is the start of a rather busy slate for Junction City.
The Dragons will head to El Dorado for a 7-on-7 on Monday, and they will also participate at a 7-on-7 event at Harmony Grove with a team camp at Hamburg on the schedule.
“We’re going to have some young guys in some key places,” Smith said.
“They need to get as much conditioning and training as they can get. You put a different color jersey on somebody, kids definitely go faster and harder.”
The Dragons also have a couple of dates in their non-conference schedule set.
On Sept. 10, the Dragons will host Lake Village, and on Sept. 24, Junction City will travel to Beebe.
Another vacancy on the schedule was opened when Strong opted to play eight-man football.
The Dragons presently have open weeks in Week 6 and Week 10 and can fill one of those spots.