The hometown Hope Bobcats wrapped up their summer offseason camp workouts on their home territory last week hosting team camp on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium.

The hometown Hope Bobcats wrapped up their summer offseason camp workouts on their home territory last week hosting team camp on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium. The Cats welcomed Fordyce, Glen Rose and Poyen to the gridiron for several series of offensive and defensive battles against each other in preparation for the upcoming 2018 football season.

Hope football head coach Phillip Turner observed some bright spots of action from his troops in their final team camp workout and believe this summer has been very beneficial for the 2018 Hope Bobcats. 

Coach Turner knows these summer workouts are important to the football team's conditioning as well as their knowledge to stay ahead of being familiar with their execution on offense and defense.

Despite the heated temperatures this summer, Turner has felt the Bobcats have competed very hard and continue to keep a intense aggression to battle against their opponents during camp competitions.

For their final team camp display at home last week, Turner said, "Everything went well. We started out slow, but picked it up and finished strong. The kids still got to learn once we get on the field, it's business. I seen good things from them and guys having fun."

Turner was pleased by the defensive effort by the Bobcats. As seniors' Laymon Howell and Chris Haywood will be leading the defensive charge, Turner was pleased by James Deloney played well at linebacker. Offensively, running back Kenneth Anderson ran the ball well and quarterback Hunter Hellums continues to progress according to Turner.

Hellums has been their longest thus far and has a slight advantage due to taking on the role last season, but still getting comfortable with offense. 

Coach Turner also has been very pleased by the coaching expertise from his staff with Doug Means orchestrating the offense as the offensive coordinator and Josh Marshall commanding the defense as the defensive coordinator. Turner feels very comfortable with Means and Marshall fulfilling their duties in their operations with the team and keeping the team aspect positive with participation.

Turner also believes the addition of assistant coach Kris Nichols has made an impact coaching the linemen and with his knowledge and experience brings a major plus to line and their development in the act of duty on the gridiron. With assistant coach Anthony Meeker joins back the varsity staff after heading the ninth grade last season keeps the team encouraged with his input and guidance this year.

The experience that former Hope Bobcats' Zac Hoglund and Jonathan Turner takes on each year helps the Cats on the offensive and defensive units maintain execution. Hoglund coaches the receivers and Jonathan Turner keeping the defensive side uphill and in gear with the secondary. He's [Jonathan] motivated to take on the assistant head coach role this season and help build back up the program.

Overall, Turner believes this has been a productive start in his debut taking over the football program heading into fall camp next week. Turner feels things will begin to come together just need the support from the community. 

He still encourage parents to get kids to come out to participate as they'll need the support for this upcoming season. The Cats are excited about this season and look forward to the challenge to rewrite a new chapter to believe they can win and erase the previous two winless seasons. 

The Bobcats have experience coming back from last season with some talented additions to join the team that will impact and be key in several roles and positions. 

Turner said the Bobcats will finish up their workouts this week with position coaches, then get ready to roll on Monday July 30 to officially begin fall football practice as they'll get ready for their first season opponent of the Nashville Scrappers on Aug. 31 at Hammons Stadium.

Prior to the Bobcats season-opener, Hope will travel to Lake Hamilton Aug. 21 for a scrimmage game in Pearcy beginning at 7 p.m. Hope junior high football also will scrimmage on Aug. 21, but in Arkadelphia at Badger Stadium.