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Salem has begun to install some special teams work.

The Salem Wildcats work out in full pads Wednesday.

Wildcats Now Working in Full Pads

The Salem Wildcats concluded their second day of practice in full pads Wednesday evening.

With more pads comes more contact, something senior tailback Paul Moskal relishes.

"I like the contact. The intensity is higher. I like to bang a little bit more, so it just feels good with full pads."

Contact may have increased some, but Head Coach Kevin Greene says not much else has changed.

"You

don't do much anymore as far as taking guys to the ground like you used

to five or ten years ago. So we can really do a lot with just our

shells, and we were in shells all summer. When you get a little more of

that full contact, you're able to see some better open field tackling

and that type of stuff and get those kind of reps. The pace does pick up

just a little bit when you get into your team drills and that type of

thing."

Greene has stressed conditioning all summer, and says the Wildcats are pretty close to where they need to be.

"I

think we're really close. I think we're ahead of where we've been the

last two years. All the credit goes to our kids. Our kids have really

worked hard these last seven days of practice. It's the old adage, 'you

get out of it what you put into it,' and I feel like our seniors have

really stepped up and led us this year in our conditioning time and in

practice overall. But we're not there yet. I think we're pretty close to

being in game shape."

Moskal is ready for his senior season.

"I just want to win games and make it to the playoffs."

Moskal and the rest of the Wildcat seniors begin their final football season next Friday night in the Shrine Game versus Centralia.

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