The 2020 offseason has been far from normal for the Terry High School football team.
The team didn’t touch the field for three months after spring break.
A spike of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Texas shut down practice again around the Fourth of July holiday.
The on and off status of football practices have been adversity for all Texas teams. But the Terry Rangers are no stranger to adversity and head coach Cornelius Anthony’s squad hopes to thrive in it.
The Rangers have come out of the break at the start of July and hit full speed with sports specific instruction. SSI was expanded by the UIL this season in light of the lost time during the pandemic.
“Up to that point, we meet a lot over Zoom. The Zoom meetings actually helped with the guys grasping the concepts and what we were trying to do,” Anthony said. “We were able to come out on the field, doing the SSI, it allowed them to hit the ground running.
“The coaches noticed how well the Zoom meetings were helping. Now we’re able to take concepts we taught and apply them on the field with the SSI.
For now, the Rangers will be getting a jump on the majority of District 10-5A DI opponents.
Teams from Fort Bend ISD (Hightower and Kempner) and Houston ISD (Milby and Wisdom) stopped summer workouts until September.
Katy ISD and Katy Paetow temporarily stopped workouts this week.
The Rangers are focused on sharpening their play.
“For us, it’s all about play polishing, not necessarily install,” Anthony said. “We want to make sure we do everything right.
“We want to be disciplined and focused on the details. That is what SSI allows us to do. We polish everything we’ve gone over with Zoom.”
The Rangers know they will have to out-execute the other team each week to push themselves in a position to win.
“We need to be disciplined,” Anthony said. “We need to be the team that makes the least amount of mistakes and we need to be the team that forces people to beat themselves because we do everything right.”
For now, Anthony and the Rangers are working hard for the class of 2021 in hopes of starting a season in September.
“I really hope and pray that the good Lord sees fit that we have a season this year,” Anthony said. “Because this is my group. I came into Terry High School with these guys as freshmen, so now they are seniors. These are my guys. They have bought it the culture. This situation isn’t ideal but we’re adapting.”
Terry will continue to have the opportunity to host summer strength and conditioning camp through September.
The Rangers will have its first official day of conditioning for the 2020 season on Sept. 7 with the Rangers’ scrimmage following next week. Week one of Class 5A and 6A football for teams with summer strength and conditioning will have their first game the week of Sept. 24.