RAVENSWOOD - New Red Devil head football coach Mick Price is "real pleased" with how his team has begun fall practice, but he emphasizes that players will need to step up to fill positions in all three phases of the game.
"I've been real pleased with the kids and with how (assistant) coaches Sturm, Jackson, Burgess, Jelich and Titus have been working them," said Price. "Wednesday was a tough day. We were working to get soreness out in our morning session, but that's normal with the way we've worked over the first two days."
Players took to the field Monday morning wearing tee shirts, emblazoned with "Leave No Doubt…In memory of Coach Bill Stewart" on the back.
Price said it was tribute to the late WVU Mountaineers coach who suffered a sudden, fatal heart attack early this summer. Price and Stewart were classmates and good friends, and former coach Dick Sturm coached Stewart at Magnolia.
"Bill was a Blue Eagle through and through, but he always had place in his heart for for the Red Devils," Price said. "He was always interested in what Ravenswood teams were doing and called my basketball team several times during our state tournament runs. He was one of the first people I talked to when I was considering this (football) job."
Price said the Red Devils will don pads for the first time Friday with full-contact drills commencing on Tuesday morning.
"Anyone can be All-State in shorts," said Price, "but the pads will tell the tale. We need speed and skill players, but this is a physical sport and the stronger, more physical players are going to excel."
On that note, Price issued a challenge to his squad, "Were going to need players to step up and fill positions." He added that competition is a good thing, and who fills the vacancies will determine how successful his 2012 Red Devils are.
"We'll find out a lot more about ourselves on the seventh and even more on the 11th," Price said.
The Devils will scrimmage both Lewis County and Lincoln in a triangular scrimmage on Saturday, August 11, at 11 a.m. at Shinnston.