Selma High School quarterback Jesse Harris (12) avoids the pass rush against St. Jude during the Keith High School football jamboree on May 18 in Orrville. The Saints will transition from spring practices into summer workouts starting on June 4. -- Robert Hudson

Selma High shifts focus to summer workouts after solid spring

Published 8:04pm Friday, May 25, 2012

After completing spring football practices with a jamboree game at Keith High School, the Selma High School Saints are looking to carry the momentum of a good spring over into the summer and beyond.

Leroy Miles, head football coach of Selma High School, said he thought spring practices were good for the Saints, and they did well in the jamboree game against Keith and St. Jude on May 18.

“I think spring went well,” Miles said. “The younger kids got an opportunity to get experience, and we did a fine job moving the football in both of the games.”

Miles said he was impressed with the Saints’ running game, but he added there’s still room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball.

“Our strength was running the football,” Miles said. “I think some of our weaknesses were pass blocking. I think pass blocking can get better, and we’ve just got to continue to stay disciplined and do our jobs. That’s going to be a big focus going into the year, stressing that everybody do their job. That’s going to be key for us.”

As the Saints will play a number of players on both sides of the football this season, Miles said conditioning will have to be a major priority during summer workouts.

“I think we’re just going to have to get in a little bit better conditioning,” Miles said. “Zeke (Ezekiel Ufomado) is going to have to play both ways at defensive end and fullback, and Kendell Smith is going to play defensive tackle and tight end. Several of those guys are going to play both ways and we might even have to play Jesse (Harris, starting quarterback) a little bit on the other side of the ball also.”

Miles added the Saints are looking to not miss a beat, as they’ll continue workouts throughout the summer.

“We’re going to start our summer workouts June 4 and we’ll go four days a week, every week,” Miles said. “We’re going to work all summer long and we’re getting started as quick as we can.”

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