Since making the jump from eight-man to 11-man football in 2019, the Webb Feet football program has seen many changes.
Kyle Turnbow was hired as the head coach before last season.
Turnbow was immediately met with challenges as high school teams across the country were tasked with navigating through a pandemic.
Summer workouts and practices looked vastly different from years past with players being split in groups, temperature checks, and contact tracing.
As restrictions have relaxed, football has been the focus.
“Everybody last year was on pins and needles knowing what you can do and what you can’t do. Procedures this year have been more relaxed, so we can focus more on football,” Turnbow said.
“The biggest difference this year has been numbers.”
The Webb School played eight-man football for eight years as a part of the Middle Tennessee Athletics Conference, so they are still in the process of making a name for themselves in TSSAA.
Hosting the first 7-on-7 in Webb’s history on Wednesday was a big step towards that feat.
For Coach Turnbow, competing is the key to getting on the map.
“For the longest and still, most people don’t know we’re out here. The biggest thing for us is just competing,” Turnbow said.
“The name on our shirt is going to mean something now because we’re showing our faces and doing these things.”
As summer heats up, so will workouts and practices for the Feet.
Up to this point, it has been an install period in helmets and shorts.
“Now, we’ve really ramped up the football part of it with installing schemes. We’ll be in pads the rest of this month starting Monday,” Turnbow said.
The Feet are mostly a young team with veteran leaders at key positions such as senior quarterback, Weston Coop.
“He’s (Coop) the one that has to sail the boat for us. We have a couple lineman that have to be leaders as well.”
In terms of youth, Turnbow will look to a number of eighth graders to provide depth at the skill positions.
Eighth graders Justice Haggard and Joel White both saw ample playing time in the 7-on-7 Wednesday.
“I have some fabulous eighth graders -- Justice Haggard, Joel White. We’ll have some that start and play for us. We have some youth and we have some old guys,” Turnbow said.
Summer can be tough for a lot of teams across the state.
Most football players play multiple sports that practice during the summer, so numbers are low on some days.
Looking towards the future, Coach Turnbow is excited for school to start back and a normalized schedule.
“Kids being in school, and us being on a normalized schedule with practice and film is what I look forward to. This is the dog days of summer as I call it with kids playing other sports and vacations.”
“When school starts back, you really get a feel for your depth chart.”