“It’s going pretty good. We’re improving every game. One thing I’ve noticed is we’ve got to start playing hard all the time. And it’s got to be everybody. I mean, we have individuals playing hard sometimes, but if you don’t have five playing hard at one time, it’s going to break down,” Pollard said.
The Blue Devils wrapped up their competitive schedule for the month this week at the Temple Team Camp and will finish off June with workouts next week before heading into the dead week. Along with the Temple camp, the Blue Devils also scrimmaged against Mt. Zion, Bowdon and Central this month.
Pollard said with sharing athletes between three sports, it can be tough to attend a lot of camps in June, but he was pleased with the work his squad got in this month.
“The main thing I want all of them is in the weight room with the football program in the mornings, so we’ll do our workouts in the evening,” Pollard said. “We’re just trying to get as much fundamental work in as we can in the summertime.”
Pollard will have to replace power forward Nick Hyatt, who averaged 10.6 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, but the Blue Devil coach brings back senior guards Josh Johnson, Rusty Clark and Jonah Stephens, along with junior point guard Trent McClure, and senior forward Gregory Gerard and senior center Ethan Stiles.
“So they know each other and they know how to play with each other. We’ve just got to get everybody on the same page, effort-wise,” Pollard said. “I think we’re getting a lot better offensively with who needs to have the ball and what to do with it. Then defensively our effort’s got to get better.”
Bremen finished 7-16 last season in Class A, but will move up to Class AA this season and play in Region 5 with local foes Bowdon and Temple, along with Heard County, Chattahoochee County, Jordan, Kendrick, Manchester and Spencer. And while Pollard is happy to get away from the private schools in Class A, he’ll have to deal with a pair of state semifinalists in Jordan and Manchester in AA.
“We’re getting away from the private schools, which I’m glad. But we’re going to a region that had two teams in the final four of the state playoffs, so they are just as good and probably better than the private schools. I’m glad to see we’re moving up and into a new region. It’ll be a good experience for us. We can get some old rivalries up with Temple and Heard County that we used to have a long time ago. It’ll be fun playing those guys again. Of course, we’ve got Bowdon still in our sub-region, so I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be good for everybody,” Pollard said.