Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 07 June 2013 07:00
It was Friday night football minus the lights at Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) last Friday as the Patriots football team took the field for its annual Blue vs White spring football game. Patriots’ head football coach David Gilpin split his team and his staff in half as the blue team lined up across from the white team in front of an enthusiastic and surprisingly sizeable crowd of spectators at the VMHS practice field.
Spring football is not something that all high school football programs across the Lone Star State participate in. That’s because the University Interscholastic League (UIL) gives each school a choice between participating in spring ball or getting a jump start in the fall.
“The UIL gives us the option of having 18 practices in the spring and starting a week later than everybody else in the fall or not having spring ball and starting a week earlier,” explained Gilpin. “Since I’ve been the Patriots head coach I’ve chosen to conduct spring ball. That extra week in the fall doesn’t mean anything to me because we’ve got a week, then we’ve got another week and we get into our scrimmage, then we get into our non-district schedule and then we have our bye week. That means that we have about six weeks before we get into our district schedule; so to me come October and November, that extra week becomes a hindrance in my opinion.