Red Tops push on through pandemic

Published: May. 6, 2020 at 1:46 PM CDT
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It's a different time for Slocomb head football coach Richard Tisdale.

"My wife is getting 10 years of honey-do-list stuff done that she's been wanting to do," said Tisdale. "It's been quite the adjustment being home so much."

With the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down spring activities in the state, Tisdale has had to spend the last few months away from his team.

"I just miss the guys to be honest with you," said Tisdale. "We're all in the same boat. As far as thinking you're behind or whatever, everyone is going to be some kind of behind. I just miss being around them. If you look at are paycheck, we don't do it for the money in high school football, it's because we love it. I'm missing out on what I want to do every day."

Despite being away from the field, the Red Tops are still putting in the work while at home.

"We talk about ownership and not making excuses and this is a time," said Tisdale. "If we show up in June, July, or August, whenever we come back, if you're not in shape, there's only one person to blame. It's not the coach, it's not the school, it's not the homework. It's you. Before we left, our tribal council drafted their team and who they were going to be responsible for. They text the guys in their squad everyday to make sure they are getting their stuff in and to see some leadership happen without me standing over them making it happen is encouraging."

As much as Tisdale is ready to hit the field again, he's glad himself, and his players, are getting this chance to spend time with family.

"You're never going to get this time with your family back again," said Tisdale. "Our quarterbacks have drills to do every day, but they do them with their dad. When else can you do this with your dad every single day. It's been a great time for the kids to take some ownership in their development and to just spend time with family."