Polk County wrapped up spring football workouts Friday in high spirits – and not just because of the barbecue dinner that awaited players and coaches.
The Wolverines concluded nine days of workouts with a brisk session in G.M. Tennant Stadium, concluding the final organized activity for the 2016-17 school year as well as the first spring drills under returning head coach Bruce Ollis.
“I’m pleased,” Ollis said of the spring effort. “There was a lot of enthusiasm. We’ve got a good core group of players who are willing to learn and giving good effort, all the things that are going to help you have a good football team.”
The spring workouts offered Ollis his first extended time with the returning Wolverines as well as his first opportunity to be on the field with the team. The sessions have also marked the first chance for former head coach Jamie Thompson to be on the field again as the team’s defensive coordinator.
“We’ve got guys back with experience in the offensive line, which is good. And we’ve got an experienced quarterback (Dillon Overholt),” Ollis said. “It’s been great to see Jamie out there again calling fronts and coverages. He looks like he has a renewed spirit on that side of the ball. He’s a guru over there.”
Ollis was especially pleased at the team’s progress despite having to spend part of the nine days working out indoors due to bad weather.
“I think it’s the mark of a good team that when things don’t work out and you have bad weather and have some adversity, you still got a lot accomplished, and we did,” Ollis said.
“The one thing that is concerning to me is that we have to develop some depth. We need to get our numbers up.”
The Wolverines will begin their summer schedule on June 12, holding workouts as well as taking part in several 7-on-7 competitions. Fall practice will begin July 31, with the season opener at home on August 18 against Chase.
Returning to Polk County after three seasons at T.L. Hanna in Anderson, S.C., Ollis said he felt at home throughout the spring workouts.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to come back to a place that is near and dear to my heart,” Ollis said. “We’ve got some work to do, but that’s what makes it worthwhile.”