Good Numbers as Cougars Begin Practice

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Bam Westbrook (left) takes the snap from Huston Highfill while Lawson Ford (right) takes the snap from Blaine Murray during Cougar football practice Monday.

The Cougars hit the practice field Monday under new head coach David Hendrix. The hopes of supporters of the program seem to be fulfilled in the early-going, as a strong turnout of 23 players, 22 of whom were on the field Monday, has turned out for the program, which has not had a varsity team since 2009.

"It's been a pretty good turnout," Hendrix said of his first day of practice. "Now, the important thing is to keep them."

Joined by assistant coach Robert Dorman, the stoic Hendrix had to feel good about his team's outlook compared to the program's recent history. Players appeared excited to be a part of the program, something Rector football has been seriously lacking for years.

The numbers are expected to be even better in junior high, which will include a strong class of seventh graders coming off a championship season in the Northeast Arkansas Youth Football League peewee program.

Hendrix is working close with the peewee coaches in an effort to further strengthen the entire football program in Rector.

"Those guys have kept it (football) going," Hendrix said. "We're all working together to keep football here for the kids and the community."

Community support is critical for the program's resurgence.

"These guys are working hard to be something the community can be proud of and needs the support of the community in return," Hendrix said. "We're putting in the work to get this thing turned around, and we appreciate everyone's support."

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