Royals Working Out

  • 7/13/2017 2:45:15 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

BUCYRUS, OH-  After going 11-1 in 2016 and advancing to the second round of the OHSAA playoffs the Wynford Royals have started their ten-day period allowed by the OHSAA prior to the start of summer practice which begins July 31st.  As the Royals gear up for what they hope will be their fourth straight N-10 championship coach Gabe Helbert will have a new player under center with the graduation of two-year starter Zach Hoffman.  

"Fortunately, we feel really good about Wyatt Smith.  It's tough to replace a guy like Zach who did what he did for us, but Wyatt is a guy who has the ability to do a lot of good things," said Helbert.  Maybe a little different than Zach in terms of his arm strength and the way he throws the football so things will change there.  We are definitely excited about Wyatt and what he brings to our offense."

When asked if he feels the pressure of following Hoffman, Smith responded with, "Not much pressure, Zach was a great player and he's tough to follow.  I got a lot of big expectations coming from my players.  I know most of the stuff (offense).  I've got to work on my footwork a bit more and help the younger guys figure out what they need."

What will help Smith is the Royals return a number of linemen across the offensive front.  "Well, it's one thing we haven't done in a few years is returning guys up front.  We return our center, we return a guard and a tight end.  There are guys there that have a decent amount of experience which we have not had in the past so hopefully, we can learn from that."

Another returner on offense is senior running back, Robbie Miller.  As a senior Miller would like to see more effort during these ten days.  "Right now we need a little bit more effort as a team and we need more people showing up for practice consistently."  When asked if he thought some may take the team's success for granted, "Yea we have taken success a little bit for granted.  I'm not saying everybody, but there are a few people in particular." 

Miller says the ten day period before the actual start of the preseason is critical.  "These ten days are important.  This is where we learn a lot of our plays so once we get into the regular season it's just working on little techniques."  

Smith agrees, "They help a lot actually, helps put in new plays in for this year and reviewing old ones."  

For Helbert, it's just about getting up to speed before August.  "We gotta get better, nothing specific, but we have a long way to go and a short time to get to where we need to be."

Wynford hopes to be ready by Friday, August 25th when they open on the road at Liberty-Benton.

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