Summer football drills have come to a conclusion for the Gustine Reds as they prepare to enter into the dead period before resuming back into football action on July 25.

For the summer session new head coach Collin Lane, who has been coaching for eight years at the high school level and now in his first year with GHS, has been at it with his coaching staff guiding players for three weeks.

“Our goal during the summer is to be as fast and efficient as possible each practice,” shared Lane. “We also want to make sure we are maximizing reps and minimizing the amount of time payers are not engaged or active.”

As of now the varsity Reds sit at just under 30 players, with about half of them being seniors. Lane shared that they have a great and strong senior class this year that has a lot of leadership, while doing an amazing job at holding the younger players accountable.

With the Reds program under new leadership, Lane wanted to really focus on increasing both conditioning and their strength in the weight room. The entire program has been working very hard in both aspects. 

“It’s amazing to see the improvement in both over the last three weeks,” noted Lane. “We have also done a great job learning our offense over the last three weeks. Our players have done a great job learning the new system.”

An average summer session for the Gustine team came with a different look this year. For four days a week the team got up at 6 a.m. taking part in conditioning, weight lifting, a team offensive/defensive period, and a program stretch. While leaving the fifth day for one 7 on 7 passing league game.

“By doing this, we can keep the players out of the heat and allow them to still enjoy their summer throughout the day,” Lane told Westside Connect. 

While the emphasis has been on getting stronger and conditioning, Lane also added accountability into his players agenda. He only allowed the players to have five misses during the summer program, which reinforced the staff to teach them this skill, which is an important life skill they will need during and after high school. 

With the summer drills coming to an end the Reds will enter into their dead period session from July 1 through the 24 before returning back for their training camp on the 25th of July. They will also be starting a new Gustine High tradition called midnight madness begin practice at 12 a.m. on the 25th.