Area football teams participated in the first official practice to kick off the 2017 season on Monday, August 8.
Kansas and Oaks both began practice with morning practices on their first day and will switch to afternoons for the remainder of the week. Colcord opted to go with an afternoon practice.
All the area coaches were very thankful for the cool temperatures but realize the heat of summer may return before long.
“The reason we decided to practice in the afternoon and the warmer part of the day is because I want you used to the warmer temperatures,” Colcord Coach Curtis Waltman said. “When we scrimmage Hulbert it may be hot again. When we play Fairland and Afton it may be hot again.
"That is why we are doing so much conditioning today is because when we play those teams we want you in condition and used to the heat in case it returns.”
Waltman was very happy with his team's first practice of the season.
“Overall we had a very solid first practice, “said Waltman. “Obviously with out pads there is only so much we can accomplish. But our kids were engaged and focused on getting better.”
Kansas football coach Jimmy Dushane, in his first practice as head coach, said his team gave a lot of effort in their initial work out.
“I really liked how hard the kids worked today,” said Dushane. “I thought they really gave a lot of effort.”
Oaks held its first practice with only seven players but Coach C.D. Thompson said that is almost normal for his program.
“The kids that live at the mission during the school year won’t be here until later and we have some that will be coming later in the week,” Thompson said.
Thompson was happy with the players who turned out.
“The kids that are here worked hard today and we will continue to get in better shape and get ready for the season. We will just add the other kids as they get here,” Thompson said.
Waltman said about his team, “I challenged my players that real question is if we can consistently practice with the enthusiasm and intensity every single day like we did today.”
Teams will be able to practice in pads on Friday with Colcord having their first team scrimmage on Friday afternoon.