September 6, 2013

Beekmantown roster features speed, athleticism

Speed kills, and no one knows that better than Beekmantown football coach Jamie Lozier.

“We only have 27 players, but we have a very fast and athletic 27,” Lozier said. “This is my 13th year coaching, and this is the fastest team we’ve ever had. The team average in speed 40-wise was like a 4.9. That’s linemen added in and everything.”

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After a 6-3 campaign a season ago, Lozier credits his team’s athleticism and quickness to Beekmantown’s Jump Camp, an eight-week speed and conditioning program during the summer that is designed to prepare athletes for school sports.

“Out of the 27 kids, we had 24 of them do our Jump Camp program here at Beekmantown,” Lozier said. “It’s a high-intensity program that builds explosiveness and endurance. Almost our entire team went through that whole program this year.”

Lozier is in his third year as head coach of the varsity team. During his first 12 years as a football coach, his chief responsibility was calling plays for the defense.

This fall, however, he will coordinate and oversee the Eagles’ offense.

“I think we are going to surprise people with some different things offensively,” Lozier said. “I’m definitely an offensive guy, and I kind of think that’s what helped me defensive-wise. I kind of know what offenses are trying and what they want to do.”

Lozier said the play calling will be balanced with an emphasis on the Delaware Wing T, an offensive set where a majority of running plays are executed with pulling one or more offensive lineman.

“It’s going to be difficult to prepare against us,” Lozier said. “We’re running the Delaware as much as we pull and trap with the combination of running multiple wide receiver sets at any given time. It’s going to be a challenge for a lot of teams.”

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