Looking forward to 2016 East football season

By Mark Robinson
Coach Ray Lee has been coaching football for “12 to 14 years, some high school, some college. I’d have to check that, to say exactly.”
When asked about this year’s team at Greenbrier East, he comments, “We have people to replace, but it’s not like these guys that we’re depending on are new at it, it’s just a matter of them stepping into a new role. They’ve had some playing time, now they’re in a leadership role. So we tell them, ‘Next man up.’ We’re looking at people for the next couple of weeks, figuring out who will be where.”
The team is practicing in the mornings, and next week will have a couple of two-a-days. “Our first senior class initiated the morning practices. Once they get used to it there are no complaints about it, so we do it, and get it over with. Temperature-wise, it’s cooler, we can get things done without worrying about the heat index. We stress being hydrated. It’s also helpful not to worry about who is using the field. In the mornings, we pretty much have things to ourselves.”
The large sign that lists the scheduled opponents for this season is provided by 84 Lumber and should be in place in the next week or so. The first game is Aug. 26 at James Monroe. “They got us last year. They had a pretty good squad last year.”
Lee is obviously ready to play that game again.

 

Head Football Coach Ray Lee works on snap timing with his defense, during morning workouts that began Monday, Aug. 1. (Mark Robinson photo)
Head Football Coach Ray Lee works on snap timing with his defense, during morning workouts that began Monday, Aug. 1. (Mark Robinson photo)

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