Yes, come Monday everything will be all right, because football is back.
Football practice begins for all teams in Texas. Monday is the first day of conditioning. No contact are pads are allowed until Friday, Aug. 9.
The start of football practice means the beginning of pigskin time and the optimism is hard to contain for area schools.
One coach was all smiles at a recent football camp. His grin grew bigger when he was reminded his team had not lost a game or even suffered an injury.
The first practice is a signal that is all is right in the world and it is time to get starting preparing for the football season.
Sulphur Springs has not been on the football field since Nov. 16.
The Wildcats suffered a tough bi-district playoff loss to Wylie East.
The practices Monday signal a brand new day and the start of a fresh season.
Sulphur Springs Wildcats
Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said he expects 175 athletes out for football in grades 9-12.
The Wildcats will begin practice Monday at 8 a.m. and the practice for varsity and junior varsity players will end about 12:30 p.m.
Freshmen Wildcats will practice 9 a.m. until noon.
Some teams will practice outside on the natural grass fields, others will be on the turf of the indoor facility.
Players are hoping for a repeat of last year’s opening day. According to notes - the first day of practice in 2012 featured cloudy and overcast weather and an early morning temp of 77.
The Trojans start the first day of the Tom Dracos era with practice at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The Trojans will continue until about noon.
Dracos, a veteran assistant, is in his first head coaching job, said enthusiasm is high for the squad. He expects around 40 players out for football from grades 9-12.
Dracos took over the program during the offseason after head coach Gary Parrish resigned.
The Eagles will be trying evening practices as they get ready for the new season.
Head coach Conley Bland said practices will be held 5-7:30 p.m. at the high school field. Bland said 22 varsity players are expected about 13 junior varsity athletes will take the field.
The Eagles are looking to improve on their 1-9 record from their first season under Bland in 2012.
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