It’s been just over a week for the Huron football team. So far, so good.
And when you are coming off consecutive 0-9 seasons, have changed coaches after the last five seasons and haven’t won more games than lost since 2010, good is great at this point.
It’s like Spring Training in baseball. Everyone is pleased with how things are going. Everyone is even in the standings. Everyone likes their chances. But everyone isn’t trying to turn around a program like the River Rats.
“Camp is going really well so far,” said head coach Broderick Smith, who moved up from head coach of the JV to varsity this season. “We are getting these young men to buy into the system and believe in the system and believe in themselves. That’s where it has to start.
“We had our team scrimmage on Saturday and it was very successful and they are starting to see that we can be successful. I’m very happy with the start of camp and we can already see great progress and improvement.”
One thing that has stood out already in camp is the competitiveness with the veterans and younger players on the roster.
“Most importantly, they are pushing each other,” Smith said. “And that’s something that didn’t happen very often in the past. The competition piece is something that has not been there. They are pushing and competing and it’s making us better.”
Smith and the coaches are still trying to get some kids out for football. The River Rats have around 40 players right now on varsity. Numbers are lower on freshman and JV.
They also were hurt by a few players deciding to transfer late in the season and the timing couldn’t have been worse.
“We had some unexpected transfers,” Smith said. “With a new coaching staff coming in and kids not believing in the program and their school, they decided to go somewhere else. We had around eight kids transfer and unfortunately most of them were stringing us along like they were coming back and didn’t tell us until late July and early August.”
Smith learned a few of them were transferring via social media. He called the timing and the way some of them were handled “disappointing.”
But the energetic and enthusiastic Smith isn’t worried about who didn’t show up. He’s focused on who did show up.
“We aren’t looking back,” he said. “This year is about looking forward.”
Huron opens the season Aug. 25 at Detroit Southeastern HS. They begin SEC league play on Sept. 8 against rival Pioneer.