July 30, 2007
(Sports Overtime) -- At this point in the high school football season, every team has several things in common, goals, records... and now you can add practicing in pads to that list.
Long before the Monday morning dew melted away, that familiar sound of palms pounding pads echoed thru East Tennessee. Sites and sounds area players and coaches alike love to see and hear.
"I just love the contact," Harriman quarterback AJ Johnson told Sports Overtime's Daryl Hobby. "Get out here and take out your anger."
Farragut standout running back Andre Sterling was just as pumped. "It's exciting," the senior said early Monday morning. "Every since spring, we've been waiting to put them back on."
Practice makes perfect and practice days are off and running. Two-a-days and full pads now paint the pigskin picture.
"Now you know you're 4 weeks away from playing your first Friday night game," said 10th year Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney. "The atmosphere of the game, with the band, it just doesn't compare to anything else."
But not every school will practice twice a day during two-a-days. Take Harriman High School for instance. Head coach Travis Trapp had his guys out at 8:15 a.m.. They'll practice until 10:15--that session will be the only practice the Blue Devils will have today and Trapp is just fine with that.
"We get it done. If we can get it done in a 2 1/2 hour practice and let the kids re-hydrate. We're a small Class A school. We love our kids. We want them to stay and if they make it thru the hittin' and the things we do, they want to play football and we want them here."
The high school football season kicks off August 24th.