BELPRE - When rains came Wednesday afternoon into evening, Belpre took a different tactic with its football practice. The Golden Eagle grid team lifted weights while it rained, then went out afterwards and ran special teams drills before dividing up into groups for individual instruction.
Greg Adams' squad, 24 strong, is coming off a 4-6 season last year, going 3-1 in its final four games to hopefully turn around Belpre's football fortunes after 1-9 and 0-10 campaigns in Adams' initial two years at the Golden Eagle helm.
Belpre's numbers this season are more on the underclassmen than the upperclassmen side, with 11 sophomores and six freshmen compared to just four seniors and only three juniors. However, one of those juniors, Manney Tullius, led the renewed Golden Eagle offense last fall with 14 touchdowns while rushing for more than 1,000 yards - 1,091 to be exact on 148 carries - as a sophomore while 2012's freshman starting quarterback Tavian Miller, who connected on 49 of 130 passes for 835 yards and eight TDs last year, is throwing the ball with more of a zip and more accuracy so far in August pre-season practice.
And Belpre, when playing at home in Ralph Holder Stadium this fall, will be using a brand-new scoreboard, donated by the Golden Eagle athletic boosters organization.