Nelson: Lack of spring work delays Bulldogs’ progress

By LAURENCE HILLIARD,

The decision by the Mississippi High School Activities Association to cancel spring football practice for all schools as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic comes as a blow to McAdams coach Kenneth Nelson.

“It will get us behind in our preparation, behind in our development in the weight room,” he said. “I was gong to use the spring to install a little more of our offense and defense and really get a gauge on the type of team we will have. Now we will have to go back to figuring that on the fly. It's a big step back.”

McAdams was scheduled to end spring practice with competition against Leake County and Heidelberg in a jamboree at East Central Community College in Decatur.

In announcing cancellation of spring practice on its website, MHSAA said it is considering adding a week to preseason practice in August when it could be very hot in Mississippi.

“It's going to be rough,” Nelson said. “I know with the extra week MHSAA is going to give us some stricter guidelines.”

The Bulldog team loaded with juniors finished 2019 with a 6-6 record and qualified for the playoffs by finishing fourth in Region 3-1A.