Tygers Football Takes On The "179th Herc Challenge"

When it comes to summer workouts for high school football programs, coaches try to keep things interesting by creating innovative conditioning drills. Wednesday evening at Arlin Field, Mansfield Senior got a creative taste of training courtesy of the Air National Guard.


Sergeant Nicholas Alexander of the 179th Airlift Wing stationed at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base collaborated with Tygers head coach Chioke Bradley to create the “179th Herc Challenge” for the football team. The name stems from the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft members of the 179th train with on a regular basis and the drills associated with the challenge are a combination of exercises utilized by the Air National Guard.


Tygers players began the challenge by running roughly two miles through the city before returning to Arlin Field for a series of push-ups, stadium stairs, sit-ups, more stadium stairs, burpees, tire flips then a 100 yard sprint from one end zone to the other in that order. Every athlete finished the routine but junior QB Cameron Todd won the inaugural event with a time of 19:28.


Following the challenge players enjoyed some much deserved pizza and learned more about 179th Airlift Wing. Bradley says he hopes to grow the event and continue it for many years to come.   

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