The Moore American

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June 25, 2014

Prep Notepad: Lions off and running under new skipper

MOORE — Paul Hix is off and running at Moore High. Two weeks on the job, the new Lions football coach hasn’t wasted any time in implementing his style and up temp energy into the program.

“The transition has been good,” Hix said. “The kids have been really responsive. That’s usually the case when you come in and you try to introduce some new things, some new ideas. We’re still kind of in that honeymoon phase where everything is fresh and people are trying to impress everybody. As long as we can keep that momentum and energy, we’re going to be in good shape.”

The honeymoon may have ended Monday when the start of Summer Pride. The players who showed up were on the field running in the early afternoon sun. For the skill players that meant almost 1,600 yards worth of sprints.

Being in condition is a big part what Hix wants to accomplish on the field in the fall.

“It will be crucial for us,” Hix said. “We know that we are undersize for them most part. We are not blessed with a tremendous amount of overall team speed. We have to turn it into a marathon. We have to drag teams out to the deep water and try to sink them there. We’re not going to physically overmatch most of our opponents. It’s crucial for us. That’s why were putting in the work now and that way we can back off when we get to the fall.”

Busy week

Westmoore quarterback isn’t wasting any days during the summer. Last week, the senior-to-be criss-cross the into three different states for the sake of football.

It started Thursday when Lee attended a camp at Oklahoma State where he worked out on the defensive side of the ball. The former linebacker and safety will more than likely play on that side again at the collegiate level.

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