Williams helps build strength at Carbon Hill

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 8/24/18

Although the Carbon Hill Bulldogs experienced new highs in 2017 it had not enjoyed in over a decade, one glaring fact about the season stood above all others — the team’s strength and conditioning had to improve.

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Williams helps build strength at Carbon Hill

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Although the Carbon Hill Bulldogs experienced new highs in 2017 it had not enjoyed in over a decade, one glaring fact about the season stood above all others — the team’s strength and conditioning had to improve.

Head coach Scott Curd turned to assistant coach Chavis Williams to hone the Bulldogs into a much stronger squad that could stand the rigors of four quarters of play — strength and conditioning program that would draw on Williams’ experience at the high school, college and professional football levels.

“There were games last year that we simply didn’t close out the way that a good football team should — we were getting strong, but not at the point that we needed to be in the weightroom to compete for all four quarters,” Williams said.

“The program we implemented was based upon when I went through when I played at Dora, then later at Alabama. To change our endurance level, we put the guys through a training cycle that changed every six weeks, which saw a quick improvement in their numbers as well as a positive influence in their confidence level. When a team has confidence, they play better, so our training was to benefit the players mentally as much as it was physically. Coach Curd did a great job in letting me map out the plan from stretching to what we do when we finish the workout session. I feel like we’ve come a long way with it in a short amount of time and we can’t wait to see what the overall result will be.”

The effect on the players has been profound in several different aspects.

Representatives from the team came to the 2018 Walker County Media Day in tremendous shape and with a new, positive attitude, all of which they credited to the coaching staff and the offseason work.

“Coach Williams always tells us that games are won in the fourth quarter and we use that in our focus — being able to finish whatever we’re currently working on,” senior Jev Windham said. “He puts a lot of emphasis on finishing — that has shifted in the way we’ve worked out, prepared and practiced. As a group, since we’ve worked towards finishing, there is more focus and dedication.”

“Coach Williams does a fantastic job with our strength and conditioning program. He played under Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran and learned a lot of their fourth-quarter program they implemented,” Curd said. “Obviously, ours is a scaled-down version of what they do at Alabama, but it’s similar and we’ve seen great results.”

The accomplishments of the team in raising their strength and endurance level has also carried another benefit — bonding players with other as they surpass personal goals.

“We have boards posted in the weightroom that show maximum weight that they are lifting — we use it to show the guys how they’re progressing as well as how their teammates are progressing,” Williams said. “What’s great to see is the effect it has on the entire team. The guys don’t just keep up with their own progress, they watch how their teammates are improving — and they share in each other’s triumphs. One player is not just celebrating a new goal, reward for the effort is passed through several guys. It’s what winning football starts with.”