New Head Rider Football Coach: Sees a lot of talent & experience
New Center ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Scott Ponder said he has spent his first weeks on the job trying to get a feel for the kids and get to know them and working on installing a different program.
He has been working on evaluating coaches and hiring new coaches where he sees needs.
“We're trying to see who wants to stay and move forward with us and at the same time breathe some life into things and and energy and enthusiasm and get these guys going, pumped up and ready to play some football,” Ponder said. He is feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.
“We've got a lot of talent, we have a lot of guys with a lot of experience,” Ponder said. “The talent is in place to be very competitive.”
He said there are some holes to fill on both the offensive and defensive lines.
“That's going to be a big push, a big charge by the coaching staff,” Ponder said. Both fans and players should expect some big changes when the 2019 season kicks off.
“We're installing a different defensive scheme and a different offensive scheme and different special teams,” he said. “At the same time there's a good program that's already in place, there's a great foundation that's already been laid with the previous staff, so it's not like we're starting at ground level zero.”
“What we've got to do, as the new guys, is come in make changes that we feel fit our program, but at the same time have a keen eye to things that were already strong and try to capture them and keep them as a part of the program as we move forward, as opposed to throwing everything out and starting over, that's really not the situation here,” he said.
Ponder said he has been taking his time on making changes.
“We think we're on the right tracks,” he said. “We have a plan in mind of what we'd like to do, but what we would like to do and what we do may be two different things.”
Ponder said the coaching staff has started working on teaching the drill work he plans to use and the fundamentals and the approach the staff will be focused on teaching fundamentals.
“The next thing we'll do is start teaching scheme and that will be part of getting the chalk talk and that sort of thing,” he said. “We didn't start drawing the buck sweep on the board, like Vince Lambardi.”.
“We started on stances and the drill work, the fundamentals that we want to use,” he said. “Defensively we started with pursuit drills. One of the fundamentals of defense is getting lined up and the second thing is running to the football so that's where we began.”
Ponder said he is in his 19th year of coaching.
“Hopefully we'll have a foundation laid so when we head into summer we have a pretty good idea of where everyone's going to be,” he said. Those potential assignments will be refined over the summer.
NOTE: Reprinted from the April 4 print edition of The Light and Champion
2019 Center Roughrider
Varsity Football Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time
Aug. 30 Tatum There 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 Jefferson Here 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Gladewater Here 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Henderson There 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Grace Community Here 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Brownsboro There 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 Tarkington*# Here 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 Open
Oct. 25 Shepherd* There 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 Huntington* Here 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 Jasper* There 7:30 p.m.
* Denotes District 9 AAAA, D-II Games