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Under Nason, Eagles hope to take new flight in 2011

July 14, 2011

Hebron Christian’s Tri Nason will be back on the sidelines this fall for the Eagles, only with a few more responsibilities.

Nason was promoted to head football coach this off-season after Greg Watkins left for Immanuel Christian and says he’s had a pretty busy summer in Pheba.

“As far as the turnouts for the strength and conditioning for the summer, it’s probably the best it’s been since I’ve been there as an assistant,” Nason said. “The guys are pretty excited about working hard.”

Nason, who takes over an Eagles squad that finished 2-8 last season and winless in their district, said they changed some things on the summer schedule when it comes to a strength training and conditioning to make it more balanced.

“We’re more focussed on strength training, where as in the past we focused more on conditioning and getting in shape,” he said. “Now we’re doing about equal amounts of both. I’m a big fan of the weight room.”

The biggest concern for Nason, who is making his head coaching debut, is having to make sure “all of the ducks are in a row” rather than just worry about special teams or the defensive line.

But he plans on bringing a in a new offensive and defensive system to compliment the players on the team. After using the spread and shotgun formation with the junior high last season, Nason says they will bring that system over to the varsity squad. Defensively, the line will be small, which could be a disadvantage in some ways.

“We’re going to be blitzing like crazy,” Nason said. “The more we can confuse them the better off where going to be.”

Although the Eagles had 15 guys close out with spring practices, they are hoping to have a bigger enrollment this fall and get a few more players on the team. But has Nason suggested, “we will go with what we have.” In the past Hebron has averaged about 15 a season, but have seen teams in their district grow in numbers.

However, there is the possibility of playing eight-man football which Nason says will be a last resort. The school will have until the last week of July to make a decision weather they will drop down. If the teams drops down to 12 players they won’t have any choice.

“The last thing I want to do is play eight-man,” Nason said. “We’re going to wait until the last minute to let them know.”

The first day of practice is scheduled for July 25.

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