Prep football teams begin preparation for 2009 season
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – Monday marked the unofficial start of the 2009 prep football season and teams locally and statewide began drills in preparation for the upcoming season.
The first official day of practice, when teams are allowed to workout in shoulder pads and helmets, is Monday, Aug. 10.
“According to the LHSAA, it’s still summer by rule,” said Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook. “But for us, like most everybody else, we’re in full-time mode.”
Despite being limited to helmets and shorts this week, coaches and players alike are excited to be out in a team-oriented atmosphere.
“When the first of August rolls around, you start getting a little itchy and you’re ready to get going,” said Cook, whose squad had a brief workout in the morning before heading to Acadiana High School for 7-on-7 drills. “It was fun being out here today and having all the kids back. They are excited about getting started just like all the teams are. It’s good to be back at it.”
Notre Dame, the 2008 Class AAA State runnerup, will continue its morning practice routine for the rest of the week and will close out Wednesday’s session with a trip across town to take on the Crowley High Gents in 7-on-7 drills at 9:30 on the CHS practice field.
“Right now, we’re just trying to get everyone acclimated to the weather and get offensive and defensive installation going,” said Crowley High coach Tommy Tate. “And we’re trying to get a lot of special teams work done early in August before we can actually get pads on.
“It’s kind of like the last week of the summer workouts and we’re excited about getting started. It’s that time of the year and football is in the air.”
Teams across the state will put on shoulder pads next Monday before going to full pads on Thursday.
“It will get a little more serious on Monday because you can put on shoulder pads,” said Cook. “We’re still going to hit. Monday starts some contact work, but we’ll be full fledged on Thursday.”
Cook’s squad will get its first real test on Thursday, Aug. 20 when it travels to Lafayette to take on St. Thomas More in the two teams’ annual scrimmage. Just over a week later, the Pios will square off with Cecilia in the Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree at Cajun Field on Friday, Aug.
That game is slated for 8:30 p.m.
Crowley will take on Beau Chene on Friday, Aug. 21 in the Gents’ annual scrimmage before opening the season the following Friday at North Vermilion when they take on the host Patriots at 8:30 p.m. in the Acadia - Vermilion Jamboree.