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April 2005

April 2005


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Ponderosa High School focuses on football fundamentals to shut down opposing offenses
by: Jamie Woodruff
© April 2005

During the last three years, the Ponderosa football staff has committed itself to focusing on the fundamentals of defensive football. The first twenty minutes of every defensive practice are spent on either a team pursuit drill or a circuit. Our circuits are something we feel are unique and they have allowed us to emphasize the importance of executing basic football skills.

Since the inception of this philosophy in 2001, we have amassed 53 interceptions and 38 fumble recoveries. This has given us an average turnover ratio of + 17. In 2003, 13 of our 25 interceptions came on tipped balls. We have averaged one blocked kick every two games. We believe you get what you emphasize in practice.

We normally have four coaches to teach a station within our circuits, but ha....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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