Southside Using Spring To Reload

The cupboard is far from bare for Jeff Williams at Southside.

Williams and the Rebels wrapped up spring drills earlier this week and the veteran coach used the 10 practices to build depth, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

“The biggest thing is to find some young guys who can play,” Williams said. “We found a couple young guys. We feel like our receiving corps got a chance to be a lot better than it’s been in the past.”

Four starters return on the offensive line along with quarterback Isaac Jackson who thinks balance will be a strength for the Rebels’ offense.

“I think we are going to be good passing and running both ways,” Jackson said. “We are more of a 50/50 run it, pass it type team. Our running backs were looking good today. Surprised that we have a sophomore coming up as a junior making big plays. Looked good today.”

The running back Jackson spoke of was D’erek Fernandez, who back several big plays in both the running game as well as a screen.

“I was just looking for my offensive line,” Fernandez said. “Making sure they know what to do and follow them. I see myself fitting in real well. Just doing what I am supposed to do, hitting the holes and following the offensive line.”

Southside does have holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary due to the graduation of a pair of corners.

“We are having to replace a lot of guys defensively so we are seeing some young guys getting in there, trying to create depth as much as possible but it’s gone pretty well,” Williams said. “I’m proud of the way  the kids came out and competed every day.”

Southside kicks off the 2013 season on Sept. 6 when it hosts Heritage.