Beekman Football Notes

First-year head coach Joey Lee expects 35-plus varsity players when the Beekman Tigers officially open preseason camp on Thursday, August 2.

Meanwhile, the Tigers will continue their summer lifting and conditioning program with whoever is available.

"The problem we have is getting some of them here," Lee said. "We have some working and some out of town. We have three down south working. It's just one of those things where people have to have jobs to pay for things."

Lee has begun introducing those on hand to the I-veer.

"We're going to run power, counter, toss," Lee said. "Our main base is the veer, triple option."

Lee, who has held head baseball positions at Alexandria and St. Frederick, is entering his first season as a head football coach.

Coming off of a 3-8 2016 season (with one of the wins by forfeit), the Tigers slipped to 0-9 last season after making the jump to Class 2A.

Lee is hoping to change the direction of the program.

"We are trying to get all the athletic programs going forward," Lee said. "It's just a matter of getting the kids out here. Once we get everybody here and on the same page, we'll be fine."

Ideally, Lee would like to see immediate improvement.

"Hopefully, we'll take off with a phenomenal year this year," Lee said. "but it's going to take kids buying in an families buying in.

"It's going to take time to do it. This program has gone 2-28 (on the field) the last three years. I'm not looking for a miracle this year, but I am hoping to go 4-6 this year, if not better."

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Tigers are currently working out Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

UPCOMING: Beekman will make its first appearance of the season in a preseason varsity/JV scrimmage vs. Parker's Chapel on Friday, August 17 at El Dorado.

A week later, Crossett will host Beekman and D'Arbonne Woods Charter in a three-way jamboree.

Beekman opens the regular season at home vs. LaSalle on Friday, August 31.

SCHEDULE UPDATE: Beekman has filled its Week 7 open date with a road trip to Slaughter Community Charter. The Tigers will visit the Knights on Friday, August 12. Slaughter is located just north of Zachary.