By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



After Palestine’s first scrimmage Saturday at Van, Palestine’s Glen Tunstall is stressing conditioning for his Wildcats.

“The biggest thing is the conditioning is not where it needs to be,” Tunstall said. “We do not have the kids conditioned where they need to be and they have to be in game shape by the time we face Hallsville.”

In Palestine’s opening scrimmage, the Wildcat first-team offense was held out of the end zone while the first-team defense allowed two long touchdowns to Van.

“I was pleased with the scrimmage,” Tunstall said. “We are going to learn from it and move on.”

Against Van, the Palestine offense moved the ball down the field and got to the goal line before fumbling the ball away.

“We were able to smash the ball down the field but it took a little out of us that we were not able to score,” Tunstall said.

A couple of the bright spots Tunstall saw on offense included the play of wide receivers C.A. Mims and Larry Jackson along with running backs Kevin Berry and Alex Powell and quarterback J.C. Johnson.

Palestine also has had to deal with the sick bug as the Wildcats have had several players miss practice last week due to illness.

“We have had kids that have been sick to their stomach and have missed practice and that makes us take a step back a little bit,” Tunstall said. “Hoping we are getting back from it and getting health again.”

Palestine finished its last two-a-day practice Monday and will go to one session in the morning today and Wednesday. Palestine will have an afternoon practice Thursday and will head to Crockett for the Wildcats second and final scrimmage Friday.

“I just want to see us continue to improve,” Tunstall said of this week. “I think the kids had an eye opener last week to the speed of the varsity level.”

Palestine opens the season at home against Hallsville on Aug. 31.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com.

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