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While high school football players throughout the area immersed themselves in off-season conditioning programs and training regimens given to them by their coaches, members of the Wayne football program relied on themselves to put in work.
The four-plus months between the resignation of former coach Robert Brown and the hiring of new head coach Scot Shaw saw the Generals pushing each other to get better without much supervision from the coaching staff, especially when former assistants began to take other jobs during the hiring process for a new leader.
Even after Shaw was named coach in late April, he was unable to get down to Fort Wayne for workouts until after the school year ended.
“It was hard for me after I got this job living three hours away trying to get down here and recruit our own halls,” said Shaw on Friday. “That's what I'll be able to do this year.”
Shaw had praise for his leaders – including Kye Black and twins Keion and Deion Powers – for keeping players motivated without a coach.
“It was something we had to struggle through and I think they made the best out of it,” Shaw said.
The Generals have been just as busy as any program this summer as Shaw attempts to learn as much as he can about his players and vice versa.
“Obviously, every coach has a different set of expectations and mine are pretty simple,” Shaw said. “My best expectation with any of these kids is they go as hard as they can every play.
“That in itself is a little bit new for them, but they are learning.”
New digs for Moore
Imagine having to leave your comfort zone and all your friends just weeks before your senior year gets underway.
That is the situation that Randon Moore is facing after transferring from Bishop Luers to North Side this week due to financial reasons.
The senior defensive back is attempting to learn new teammates and terminology in a few weeks as he attempts to earn a starting spot with the Redskins
“It was pretty tough leaving my teammates, I had a good relationship with them,” said Moore about leaving the Knights. “I've just needed to start all over and really jump in and get some reps.
“It's not really that hard, but it's a new transition.”
Moore played at cornerback and safety for Bishop Luers last season and also saw some snaps at slot receiver.
He is expected to see action at all three positions for North Side.
“It's been great, my teammates have been really welcoming,” said Moore about his first few practices with his new team. “They came up asking my name and the coaching staff has been pretty nice to me.
“I'm just working my way in.”
Well if you haven't heard the news by now .. I have transferred to North Side. If y'all don't know my… http://t.co/8UXzE1KJCr— RandonMoore2015 (@randon_moore) July 22, 2014
Aiming to return
Bishop Luers has lost one of its top offensive weapons for the foreseeable future as wide receiver Solomon Smith tore his ACL recently in a 7-on-7 scrimmage with East Noble.
“I came across the middle … and a guy hit me low,” said Smith when asked what happened. “It for sure wasn't on purpose or anything.”
The injury was diagnosed this week, but the damage was limited to his ACL. Smith was told that if the knee heals properly and rehab goes well, he could return for Bishop Luers by Week 4, a home game against Leo.
Smith is part of a potentially deadly Knights receiver corps, with junior Austin Mack joining Smith on the outside with senior Tyrell Johnson in the slot.
What doesn't kill me will only make me stronger.— Solomon Smith (@Solo_Smith2) July 23, 2014