Area football teams begin practicing for 2013 seasonPublished 5:45am Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The offseason officially ended Monday with the first chirp of coaches’ whistles as teams took the field focused on the upcoming 2013 season.
“We want to come out and create a sense of urgency,” said Wetumpka coach Tim Perry. “We now have something to play for. Once the season starts, the motivation is different.”
Holtville’s Hunter Adams simplified the difference.
“The summer is for installation. The fall is all about application,” he said.
Across the state, teams took the field starting the push toward the first week of the season.
“We are establishing ourselves,” said Sam Peak, coach of the Prattville Christian. “The first few days are about getting them acclimated to being out here and to team activities.”
While Perry and Adams are beginning their second year with their respective schools, Peak and the Panthers are beginning their second season as members of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
“Last year was eye-opening,” said Peak. “Every game was like a new experience. This year, we shouldn’t have that. The kids have been through that.”
PCA kicks off the season Aug. 30 at Billingsley.
“We are looking to come out and practice at a high tempo,” said Adams.
The Bulldogs host W.S. Neal (3A) to kick off the year.
“I’m looking for leadership, for the upperclassmen to step up and take control of this team,” said Adams.
In Wetumpka, the Indians capped the first day of practice with the offense working on the two-minute offense.
“You talk about the next season and you plan for it,” said Perry. “Then you blink and it’s here.”
Perry said he expects to see his Tribe practice faster and bounce around, especially during the first few practices.
“If we practice at a higher pace and move quickly from drill to drill, we don’t have to condition as much at the end of practice, we’ll be getting everything we need during practice,” said Perry. “We aren’t in game shape. But I don’t expect us to be right now.”
Wetumpka hosts Montgomery’s R.E. Lee to kickoff the season.