With the state playoffs continuing on November 10th at Kennison Field in Hermiston, the TigerScots are needing very effective preparation skills. Doug Kadyk, a Helix Sophomore linebacker for the TigerScots, has a handle on the things that are necessary to stay fit and ready for football games. Not just for himself, but for other players, too. “I have to eat a lot, run a lot, but most importantly, I have to study. If I don’t study what I’m supposed to do at a certain time, I could miss a tackle," said Kadyk.
According to the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the reason for having to eat a lot in football is to maintain glycogen levels by consuming adequate amounts of carbohydrates daily. This is called bulking. Bulking is necessary in football for muscle growth and strength gains, which is useful in a sport with a lot of physical activity, like football.
Another factor in preparation that is important in football, according to Kadyk, is running. Running is essential for players to enhance speed and acceleration. With speed and acceleration, players can easily wear down the other team, making it easy to score points. “Running a little bit every day helps me sprint faster in the actual game,” said Kadyk.
An additional factor that’s important for football is studying. Not only do players have to study their positions and the play of the game, but they also have to learn the importance of teamwork and improve motor development, which is the physical growth and strengthening of a person’s bones.
Kason James, Helix Freshman Cornerback, is also learning about some other things that are important in preparing for football games. “Before games, I usually just try to take it easy, unless I’ll wear myself out like 10 minutes into the game. I also make sure to eat a lot of carbs because food helps me have energy and helps me stay focused,” said James. Food helps people stay focused because of the nutrients it contains, such as Vitamin K and Folate. These things help prevent blood clots, which is good so that the players can stay focused on performing at a top level.
As of right now, the Weston-McEwen and Griswold Tigerscots are still in the playoffs and they have already beaten Knappa in a first-round playoff game. They now face the Illinois Valley Cougars. If they can get past the Cougars, then the next team they will square off against will be either the Heppner Mustangs or the Regis Rams. The teams that are left in the playoffs according to OSAA.org, are the Illinois Valley Cougars, the Weston-McEwen/Griswold TigerScots, the Gold Beach Panthers, the Lowell Red Devils, the Gervais Cougars, and the Oakland Oakers.
Even though the TigerScots are winning right now, does not mean that their biggest weakness can not bring them down. Kadyk has seen first-hand what the Tigerscots biggest weakness is. “We’re improving a lot ,but our linemen, oh no! I never really realized how bad our linemen were until I played linebacker against them,” said Kadyk. The TIgerScots are working to improve their linemen with additional preparation and are ready to push through the playoffs, with a collective goal of being named the Oregon 2A State Champions of football.