Whether the Fall season ends with a championship or not, last Friday was the starting point as high school football teams across the state officially began practicing.
For local teams like Allendale-Fairfax High, Barnwell High, Blackville-Hilda High, Jefferson Davis Academy and Williston-Elko High, that means the start of conditioning which leads to live hitting drills in the next few days.
For Barnwell High head coach Eddie Moore, it was back to business as 44 players showed up for opening day drills.
"It's great to get back into the swing of things," Barnwell High head coach Eddie Moore said.
"We had a spirted parctice today. Much of that can be attributed coach Ross, who did a great job of conditioning our players over the summer. It defintely showed the workouts today."
The Warhorses already have scrimmages scheduled. The team will travel to White Knoll High School on Saturday morning.
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, the Warhorses will play at home against Midland Valley High.
In Hawk country, 35 players hit the practice field.
Head coach David Berry stressed conditioning and having the right mind-set.
"It's only the first practice, but we have a lot of work to do," Berry said.
"First, we have to get into football playing shape.Then we have to work on fundementals and getting our assingments down."
At Williston-Elko High, head coach Derek Youngblood's era officially began.
Youngblood gathered in over 40 players for his first practice.
Youngblood said he was pleased with the turnout and energy the players displayed.
"We had a very good workout this morning," Youngblood said. "It's the same system so right now, we're going over a lot of things we already know."
The Blue Devils will have their first scrimmage on Friday at Allendale-Fairfax High at 9 a.m. The Blue Devils' next scrimmage will be at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Ridge Spring-Monetta High.
For the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders, 18 players showed up as Matt Baxley went through his first full workout with his new team.
Baxley said the numbers are a little down, but the participation was spirted.
"This is just the first day of practice. I look for a few more players to come out next week," Baxley said. "Overall I thought we had a pretty good workout today. The kids came in eager to learn and they're putting in a lot of hard work."
The Raiders don't have any scrimmages scheduled.
They will play in the SCISSA 1A jamboree on August 15 at Andrew Jackson Academy.
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