The summers of lazing around a pool or swimming at a creek do not happen these days for high school athletes.

The hot days of summer are about getting ready for football season - which for many, is just six weeks away.

Colcord football players have been lifting weights, running and conditioning for the start of practice.

"Our focus during summer pride is to continue to get bigger, faster and stronger and also to peak at our conditioning before preseason begins," said Coach Curtis Waltman. "So that we can spend as much time on football specific drills and work in our preseason."

The Hornets recently went through team camp in Locust Grove so that they could get a feel of hitting someone else with pads on. They took on the Pirates and Haskell during the two days there.

"Team camp was our first chance to see how our team performed with the knew group of players that will be starting and playing this year," Waltman said. "We use team camp to focus on our run game and defense on fits and tackling vs. the run.

"We went against two good teams and I was pleased with what I saw. We are improving."

The team has also been going to Locust Grove for the summer passing league to help the quarterback, running basks, skill people to get better timing.

It is also a time when linebackers and defensive backs can work on covering players from other teams.

"We use 7-on-7's to refine our routes and focus our quarterbacks on making the correct reads depending on the different defenses and coverages we see," Waltman said. "It also allows for our secondary to focus on their technique and drops. It's a great chance to also involve some of our younger players who have not gotten a lot of reps in spring ball."

Colcord wrapped up the 7-on-7 summer passing league in Locust Grove this week and will now concentrate on conditioning heading toward the beginning of football practice on August 7.