Taking the act of duty as the new commander-in-chief on the gridiron for Hope Bobcat football program, newly hired head coach Phillip Turner got to observe and orchestrate practice time last week with the Bobcats to finish out their spring drills.

Taking the act of duty as the new commander-in-chief on the gridiron for Hope Bobcat football program, newly hired head coach Phillip Turner got to observe and orchestrate practice time last week with the Bobcats to finish out their spring drills.

Turner was pleased by the work ethic the Bobcats have provided thus far on the gridiron and looks forward to a busy summer to build the team concept and chemistry heading into fall training camp for season 2018.

According to Turner, there were around 30-35 kids out to participate each day for spring practice, but believes by the end of the summer numbers will grow. 

Turner has been very satisfied by how well the Bobcat assistant coaching staff are working with the team and their abilities to perform at their positions along learning the techniques and philosophy aspect to build back up the football program.

Overall, Turner felt the time spent during spring practice was productive with several of the underclassmen with the upperclassmen all coming together worked hard to produce a more efficient season on the gridiron for some excitement.

Turner aims to build back relationships within the team and the community to help turn around the football program, but knows it's a process and hopes the depth grows to have more production as the season arrives in the fall. 

"I thought spring practice has been well, but inconsistent with numbers and got to get more kids out. The kids and the coaches are having fun. They've been through adversity, but done well. They're ready for a new season and just trying build relationships and get everyone to buy into the program and culture while I'm here," Turner said.

"We need the community support and the kids to take the classroom seriously to help turn our Bobcat football program around," Turner said.

As the Bobcats wrapped up their spring practice last week, they'll continue a summer of work on the gridiron attending team camps and competing in 7 on 7 competitions. Turner said for the month of June, they'll workout daily and scheduled to participate at their first 7 on 7 competition in Benton, June 12. 

In July, the Bobcats will continue more workouts with their position coach and participate in team camps hosted in Hot Springs July 10 following dead week June 25-July 6th. On July 17, the Bobcats will host team camp in Hope at Hammons Stadium and then head into fall practice in August.

Turner knows this will be a challenging process, but admires the dedication by the kids thus far and his coaching staff to buy into the scheme to bring back excitement and success for Hope football.

The Hope junior high will also participate in camps this summer to get things rolling heading into the 2018 football season.

Turner hopes the atmosphere will change to build excitement and support for this up coming year on the gridiron in Hope and guide the team to a positive direction of achievement during his reign as new head football coach of the Bobcats.