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Strength training prepares Tigers

Richard Chittick

FARMER’S KORNER – Strength and fitness are the keys to success on the gridiron for Tigers football this season, thanks to a strength training program established last summer by assistant coach Curtis Davis.

“Keeping everybody healthy is the focus,” said head coach Rob Royer of the early season practices. “Right now, we’ve got just about everybody trying to make sure their flexibility and strength is set.”

Keeping players healthy is the key to making the best of the Tigers’ 40-man roster.

“Each year our goal is to have probably 60 players, so we’re under our goal,” Royer said. “Rarely do we have kids out of practice because of muscle injuries.”

Royer knows the Tigers can improve on last year’s 3-7 record.

“We’ve got some really good kids; some older kids in the system are doing very, very well,” he added

Royer is also confident of his starting quarterback, sophomore Drew Arnesen, and his seniors.

“(Arnesen’s) learning the system and getting better everyday, working harder and becoming a good quarterback,” Royer said, but added “Most of our seniors have really stepped up to lead by example. Tommy (Allard) has started to step up as a premier leader.”

Matt Spaulding has exemplified leadership early this season as well.

The Tigers scrimmage at Battle Mountain on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the regular season begins on Aug. 30 at Skyview in Thorton at noon.

“We’ve been working on block and tackling and now we’re moving into offensive and defensive systems,” Royer said.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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