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Wildcats Fighting Small Injuries

The Salem Wildcats continue preseason workouts more than a week ahead of the season opener next Friday night.

When

Head Coach Kevin Greene addressed the team after practice earlier in

the week, he emphasized that the team's defense needs to be more

aggressive and physical with the opposition. Greene explains it is a multifaceted attack from the coaches.

"I

think it's two things. I think you do your best to preach it and get

them to understand that that's the way the game is meant to be played.

And I think you get your kids as comfortable as you can with their

assignments and where they're supposed to be."

Greene and the other coaches are seeing progress and improvement in the defense from a year ago.

"This

is the second year that we've been in our defense, and we've noticed an

increase of speed on that side of the ball just because we have some

better athletes but our kids are more comfortable with what they're

doing. So I think it's a two-fold situation and at the end of the day,

you have to have kids who want to play the game that way."

Like other football programs of all levels, Greene says the Wildcats are experiencing a few minor injuries.

"We're

a little banged up, but I don't think it's anything that we're overly

concerned about. We've had a couple young guys get nicked up a little

bit, but that's the nature of the game. We'll just do our best to keep

improving and keep guys healthy."

Salem practices Friday and Saturday before game week preparations for the Shrine Game begin on Monday.

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