Calhoun gets balance of work and rest during bye week

Alex Farrer, Calhoun Times Sports Editor

The lights were off at Phil Reeve Stadium on Friday as the Calhoun Yellow Jackets got a much-needed bye week along with the rest of Region 7-AA.
And what better time than the midway point of the regular season.
The Jackets (4-1, 2-0) still got some work in on the practice field according to head coach Hal Lamb, who said it was a week to clean up some things after the first five games.
“We got back to basics this week,” said Lamb. “We simplified some things on both sides of the ball that we think will make us better in the next few weeks.
“I think it’s been a good week overall. The kids have responded very well.”
The team practiced three days this week and took two days off. Lamb said a bye week is always a balancing act between getting some work in and giving the player some needed rest.
“We’ve always done it the same way — we give the players off Monday and Friday and practice the other three days,” said Lamb. “It’s a full go after this week with no more breaks so we’re hoping the kids will come out of this ready to go.
“We want to continue playing late into the playoffs so hopefully the work we got in this week will help us do that.”
The Jackets arrive at the halfway point in good shape with their goal of a 13th straight region title still in hand. The first half of the season has been solid other than the one hiccup at Carrollton.
Lamb said his reflections of the first half of the season include some positives and some negatives.
“The big positive has definitely been our defense,” said Lamb. “They’ve been playing well all season. Even in the Carrollton game, they played well, we just put them in some tough situations.
“Offensively, we know we haven’t played up to our potential yet. You can look at that in different ways. For us, it’s pretty encouraging to not have played very well on that side of the ball and still be 4-1.”
Calhoun will return to the field next week when they visit Pepperell. Lamb said the Jackets have gotten an early jump on the Dragons this week along with the fundamental work they’ve done.