While head coach Josh Floyd passes it off as nothing more than a glorified practice, the spring game at Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian gave fans of the program a glimpse at what they can expect for the upcoming season.
"We looked good," Floyd said of his team. "We looked a heck of a lot better than we did two weeks ago. That is for sure."
Shiloh Christian, a team which finished No. 1 in Arkansas and No. 43 nationally in the RivalsHigh 100 last year, will again be the lead dog in Arkansas' Class 4A and is in a tight battle with Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber to be the preseason No. 1 team in the Natural State.
"We still have a long way to go to get to where we want to be," Floyd added. "But it was great to see the guys compete, to see there was still that fire in them."
The fire, according to Floyd, starts with the Saints' on-field leader, Kiehl Frazier.
It's a decision that Floyd thinks has eased the mind of his quarterback.
"Kiehl is much more relaxed now," Floyd said. "He was feeling a lot of pressure and now you can see it is off him. He has really grown into a leader here and gives a lot to this team."
With the pressure off, Frazier has been able to work on fine-tuning the offense.
From the outside looking in, it doesn't appear the Saints could do much better. The team averaged 45 points per game in 2009 and returns most of its offense.
Floyd, a former player under Gus Mahlzan who now coaches the same style of the spread, says the offense can always get better.
"We spread the ball out and it is based on timing," he said. "We got a lot of that work in during spring, but certainly we can improve."
The Saints are now into their summer weightlifting program and are focusing on the near future where the will be tested by one of the best in the nation, Euless (Texas) Trinity, at the Herbstreit Classic in Texas.
Trimble back at Jenks
Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks will have its head coach back on the sidelines in 2010.
Allan Trimble, who led the Trojans to nine state titles in his 14 years at the school, has been re-instated as the head coach following a unanimous vote by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors.
"The events of the past year have been difficult for me, for my family, for Jenks," Trimble said after the meeting in his first public comments since he was suspended. "But I've learned a great deal from this experience, which I believe will make me a better person, a better teacher and a better coach.
"Most of all, I just want to return to my passion, to what I do, to work with the great kids we have at Jenks."
Antwain Jimmerson, formerly the head coach and athletic director at Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington, was not reinstated to his position in the same proceedings that saw Trimble welcomed back to his school.
Jimmerson resigned from his position in January following an investigation that found that more than 40 Washington athletes were ineligible to play last year. The investigation found that Jimmerson and other school officials did not conduct grade checks for five weeks and a student not enrolled at Washington was allowed to practice with the football team.
The football team was forced to forfeit two of its games making it ineligible to defend its 2008 state championship.
Jimmerson was not in attendance for the hearing, as he was reportedly out of state dealing with family issues.