COMO — Preparation and practice continues each day for the Eagles as they get ready for their second scrimmage of the football season.
Como-Pickton continues to have daily workouts from 5-7:30 p.m. under the summer sun.
The numbers are down for the Eagles, with close to 30 currently suiting up for football in grades 9-12.
Como-Pickton is coming off a shutout loss to Grand Saline in their first workout against a different foe. Coaches said the contest taking on the Indians was good for the development of the squad.
“The players are working hard for the second scrimmage,” said Conley Bland, Como-Pickton head football coach.
The Eagles scrimmage at Gilmer Union Hill at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“We have increased our intensity during practice,” Bland said. “We have to be more physical than we were last week. We will have close to 30 players because some don’t have the commitment to finish what they start, but the players who are still out are to be commended for their effort.”
The temperatures has reached the upper 90s and close to triple digits at some football practices in Como.
“Conditioning in always a concern,” Bland said. “But most players play themselves into shape as the season goes.’
The Eagles have been able to escape injuries so far in practice.
Bland added, “We have no major injuries, just bumps and bruises that go along with a physical game. I am proud of the players and know that they will give a great effort this week.”
The Eagles open the regular season against Mildred at home Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The team then has back-to-back away games against Harmony on Sept. 5 and Winona on Sept. 13. They return home to play Leonard on Sept. 20 before having an open date Sept. 20.
The Eagles open district competition at Cooper, Oct. 4.
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