Football: No. 6 Atascocita excited for first summer in new weight room – Houston Chronicle

A year ago, Atascocita coach Craig Stump and his staff were doing temperature checks and reading paperwork just to let players into the athletic facilities.

The Eagles weight room was also still under construction and all of the equipment had been moved to the small gym in the athletic wing.

Stump often found himself cleaning a weight bar after one of his players finished a rep with a mask on. Coronavirus cases were high last summer in the Lake Houston area, but high school football was still planned for the fall.

“It feels like we’re back doing what we’re supposed to,” Stump said. “Last year no one could have predicted what was going to happen. You never knew what was going to happen when you woke up. It feels like the first year again getting started in the summer. Last year these kids were at home doing pushups and sit-ups.”

The Eagles are hard at work in their new state of the art weight room with summer workouts underway.

This summer, the Eagles are using new weights, dumbbells, machines and bicycles. Atascocita also got a new locker room and an upgrade in the equipment room as well. The team even has a new sound system to blast music when the Eagles are pumping iron.

“There’s so many things that you can do that we weren’t able to do,” Stump said. “I mean you can do all of your main lifts and core stuff, but with the bands and other attachments we have a lot more space than we did before. It’s comparable with any other 6A program in the state.”

For most children, the summer is a time to relax, but when you play football at Atascocita there’s a lot expected. Summer workouts are a time where a team can build a comraderie and get stronger, faster, tougher and develop a mental mindset.

When Dave Campbell’s Class 6A preseason poll came out, Atascocita made history.

The Eagles are ranked No. 6 to begin the season. The top 10 ranking is the highest pre-season position in Atascocita or Humble ISD history. District 21-6A foe North Shore is ranked No. 4 and the defending Class 6A, Division II champion Katy Tigers are ranked No. 2.

“When summer (workouts) start that means it means we’re eight weeks away from starting in the fall,” Stump said. “Kids grow up and in the summertime school is out, and everyone wants to take a break. For football, it’s a time to pick up the pace in the summer. I think it’s important to develop a mindset for a lot of things.”

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