Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Summer Schedule

January – May:
Weight Room every day after school
May 7-9 – Elementary Camp (Evenings 5:30 -7:00; Saturday Morning 10:00 am)

JUNE (Beginning June 1):
Monday – Thursday – Summer Training 7:00 – 8:30 AM
                                            BFS Class – 8:00 – 10:00 AM Monday through Friday
Tuesday &/or Thursday Passing League / Practice 5:30 PM
June 1 – Parent Meeting @ 6:30 pm (ALL LEVELS)
June 26 – Team Campout – Details to Follow
June 29 – Parent Meeting @ 6:30 (ALL LEVELS) Second Chance
June 29 – July 2 – Iron Man Week 7:00 – 8:30 AM
July 13-18; July 20-23 – High School Football Camp 5:30 – 8:00 PM
July 20-23 – Middle School Camp 5:00 – 7:30 PM
July 28 – Aug 1 – Fall Sports Dead Period – LIFTING THIS WEEK 5:30 – 6:30 PM          

Aug 3 – High School Practice Begins (Practice will run in two blocks)
·      Block 1 – 5:30 – 7:00 (Practice Field)
·      Block 2 – 7:30 – 9:00 (Game Field)
Aug 8 – Morning Practice 9 – 11 AM (First Day of Full Contact)
Aug 11 – Inner Squad Scrimmage – 6:00 PM
Aug 12 – 1st Middle School Practice 5:00 PM at HHS
Aug 12 -13 – Practice at 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Aug 14 – Practice at 5:30 PM (PRE-GAME)
Aug 15 – Jamboree (TBD)
Aug 18 – Practice 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Aug 19 – Practice 3:00 – 5:30 PM (OPEN HOUSE)
Aug 20 – Practice 3:00 – 5:30
Aug 21 – Practice after school (PRE-GAME)

Aug 22 – Season Opener @ Scott City 7:00 PM

Monday, January 26, 2015

2014 Post-Season Awards & Honors

I-55 Conference All-Conference Selections:

1st Team Offense:                            Hon Ment Offense:

RB – Landon Harper                         QB – Tim Venable

FB – Nico Brown                                OG – Garrett Kozma

OL – Devon Foote                              OT – Eric Pennington

1st Team Defense:                            2nd Team Defense:

LB – Nico Brown (U)                         LB – Christian Jackson

DE – Devon Foote                              DB – Treston Byers

DB – Brandon Smith (U)

Hon Ment Defense:

LB – Jake LaBrayere

Hon Ment Special Teams:

Returner – LJ Nelson

All Leader Team:

1st Team:                                           Hon Mention:

DL – Devon Foote                              OL – Garrett Kozma

RB – Landon Harper                         QB – Timmy Venable

LB – Nico Brown

DB – Brandon Smith

Southeast Missouri Area Football Coaches’ Association Selections:

1st Team Offense:                           

RB – Landon Harper                        

OL – Devon Foote

1st Team Defense:                            2nd Team Defense:

LB – Nico Brown                                DE – Devon Foote

DB – Brandon Smith

KTJJ Dream Team:

LB / FB – Nico Brown

Missouri Football Coaches’ Association All-District Selections (District 2):

1st Team:                                           2nd Team:

RB – Landon Harper                         OL – Garrett Kozma

LB – Nico Brown                                OL – Eric Pennington

LB – Christian Jackson                      DB – Brandon Smith

OL – Devon Foote                              LB – Landon Harper                                                                                                              
                                                                PR/KOR – LJ Nelson

Missouri Football Coaches’ Association All-State Selection:

2nd Team:                                          3rd Team

Athlete – Landon Harper                 LB – Nico Brown

OL – Devon Foote

AP All-State

2nd Team:

OL – Devon Foote


On January 10, 2015 the Blackcats honored several players for their performance during the 2014 season.  


            Offensive MVP:                    Jason Harden
            Defensive MVP:                    Austin Huson
            Special Teams MVP:            Christian Ray
            Jr. Root Hog Award:            Jacob Brown
            Jr. Blackcat Award:              Ethan Coy


            Special Teams POY:            LJ Nelson
            Scout Team POY:                 Austin Ray
                                                           Christian Russell

            Best Offensive Linemen:    Devon Foote
                                                          Eric Pennington

            Root Hog Award:                Garrett Kozma
            Best Running Back:            Landon Harper
            Best WR/TE:                       Brandon Smith
                                                          Jesse O’Dell

            Offensive MVP:                   Landon Harper

            Best Defensive Lineman:   Devon Foote
            Best Linebackers:               Nico Brown
                                                          Christian Jackson

            Best Defensive Back:          Brandon Smith
            Defensive MVP:                  Nico Brown

            Mike Wiesman Award (Top Freshman):
                        James Moloney

            Brad Clark Award (Top Sophomore):
                        LJ Nelson

            Tom Almany Award (Top Junior):
                        Timmy Venable

            Stan Helms Award (Top Senior):
                        Devon Foote

Band of Brothers Award:
                        Devon Foote
                        Nico Brown

Team Captains:         Devon Foote
                                    Nico Brown
                                    Christian Jackson
                                    Treston Byers
                                    Eric Pennington

2014 Recap - A Look Ahead

On January 10 the Herculaneum Blackcats held their annual Awards Banquet.  With this, we closed out the 2014 season and officially started preparation for the 2015 season.  What a great year, and a great season we had in 2014, finishing with a record of 8-4 and winning a week 11 playoff game for the first time in 5 years.  This group of seniors will be missed! 

For the first time, we had our senior players write and read a letter to their parents thanking them for all of their support over the years and for allowing them to participate in our football program.  This will become a regular part of our annual banquet!

As we close out 2014 we take many lessons with us from that season.  We made some major changes in our football program this year.  Many of these changes were not visible to those who were not directly involved with us day in and day out.  As a staff, we are proud of our players, and proud of the strides taken this year to grow as young men. 

The 2014 season was about growing as a program, not just winning as a team.  There is a difference between the two.  A team is transient and temporary, and they change every year.  You will not have the exact same roster from one year to the next.  A program suggests something much more permanent.  Successful football programs are focused on long-term goals for their individual players, and for their teams throughout the years ahead.  Successful football programs will produce winning teams consistently over time, year in and year out. 

We have three simple, but difficult goals for our program:  First, we intend to see 100% of our players graduate from high school.  Second, we will coach them in the skills and techniques required to be the best player they can possibly be.  Finally, through our daily interactions, off-season training, practices, policies, and games we will teach our players valuable lessons which they will carry with them into their adult lives. 

As we look to 2015 we will have our work cut out for us.  We are saying goodbye to 15 seniors this year, 5 of which were starting on the offensive line.  Two of our three starting defensive backs, all or our starting line backers, and five of our defensive linemen will graduate this year.  While this may seem insurmountable, it really is nothing more than a challenge to our younger players!  It's time for them to step up!  At our banquet we placed the responsibility of leading this program on next year's senior class. 

Thanks to all Blackcat Football fans, supporters, and alumni.  We appreciate all you have done and all that you are doing to promote our kids! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blackcats Prepare for Week 2

Coming off a week 1 win on the road at Scott City, the Blackcats have battled the heat this week to prepare for the upcoming game against Lutheran South.  Join us Friday Night at 7:00 PM at Lutheran South High School.  The address for Lutheran South is:

9515 Tesson Ferry Rd
St Louis, MO 63123
Tim Venable selected as the Leader Athlete of the Week for week 1 of the 2014 season.  The article may be found at the following link: