Monday marked the official first day of practice for fall high school sports.
At Smith-Cotton, that meant a morning session for the football team at Tiger Stadium to get some work in before the temperatures began to rise.
“Couldn’t ask for better weather and that always helps a lot,” said S-C football coach Ryan Boyer. “We were very pleased with the attention to detail and the overall excitement of it. The kids did a good job over keeping everybody up tempo and just working hard. They picked up right where they left off in July which is what you want to see.”
About 90 football players took the field at Smith-Cotton, including a freshman class of more than 30 athletes.
“Coach (Brian) Foster does a great job with them at the eighth grade level to get them prepared for that next level,” Boyer said. “A lot of them have been at our summer stuff as far as the weight training and our June camp and July camp. … The biggest adjustment is it’s a little more intense and the tempo’s a bit faster but we’ve got a great coaching staff that works well with them and gets them to where they need to be.”
Missouri State High School Activities Association’s heat acclimatization rules bar teams from being in shoulder pads until Wednesday and full-contact drills will not begin until next week. Smith-Cotton will use the rest of the first week of practice to pick up more of the system.
“It’s the middle of the week when you really start dividing the pack as far as your leaders really step up,” Boyer said. “It gets a little harder to get up and you’re a little more sore, but we’re very senior-heavy and even our juniors did a good job of leading. I look forward to seeing some of those leaders step up and keep everybody’s spirits high and push through some of that stuff.”
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