The offseason schedule is starting to wind down for Temple High School football upperclassmen such as Savion Powell and Daimar Ivey.
In just a short number of weeks, the Tiger play-makers will have the chance to fully get back into their element when the team officially fires up the 2018 season.
But with roughly three weeks remaining before they put on the pads for their preseason scrimmage versus Pepperell, the veteran duo recognizes that there’s still work to be done from all aspects as the team wraps up summer.
Returning from last week’s “dead period," the Tigers immediately got their competitive juices flowing this week by hosting Bowdon for a 7-on-7 session on Monday before making a trip to Haralson County for another throwing session with Mount Zion, Cleburne County, Alabama, and the host Rebels.
Having been out of action for over a week, the senior wing back Ivey was encouraged by how the team played on its first day back.
“It went smooth and better than I thought it would,” Ivey said. "(Bowdon) played hard just as hard as we played. We actually performed better than we usually perform and coming off a break, that’s good.”
Beginning in early June, Ivey described how the summer workouts have gone down for him and his teammates.
“I wouldn’t say they went perfect, but as a team we try our hardest every day. We can always do better,” Ivey said. “We’ve been working hard in the weight room and getting back into shape. Our coaches have been talking about leadership, so we’re trying to come out here and lead. I’m about to be a senior, so I have to pass it down to the younger guys.”
The junior Powell also talked about the team’s progression for the past month and a half.
“Just starting off, we knew that it was going to be a slow start with people not remembering plays, putting plays in the new players' heads and just getting through the motions and putting people in new places,” Powell said. “It’s just a matter of us showing up early, working hard, watching film and just being dedicated to it.”
Along with their team workouts, the duo has also gotten the chance to take instruction at different college camps
“I’ve been to the Kennesaw State, Wofford and Lenoir-Rhyne,” Ivey said. “The Kennesaw camp was a big deal for me because there were a lot of kids and it’s a newer program, so it was really nice. I liked it. You always go to camps so you can learn new stuff and pass it down to your teammates.”
Powell shared his summer experiences, as well.
“I went to an Adidas Three Stripe Camp in Atlanta and one in Tennessee,” Powell said. “The Three Stripes was easy, but the Tennessee one was new because it was pretty much my first one. I learned a whole lot of stuff.”
Among the things the Tiger veterans have said they and their teammates have improved upon this summer is communication. Encouragement on the sidelines and knowing how to push the right buttons is something they feel will make the team stronger moving ahead.
“Our attitude as a team has gotten better. We’re talking to each other instead of yelling at each other. We pick each other up and tell them what they did wrong and what they did right,” Powell said.
As the offseason gives way into the fall and Temple’s Aug. 24 opener at Putnam County comes within full view, the Temple leaders are confident that the ballclub is making the right steps toward being a fully-functioning machine by the time comes to strap on the pads.
“The season is about to start and we’re getting sharper at what we need to know,” Ivey said. “All we can look forward to is getting better. Getting more in shape, getting more leaders and getting attitudes right.”