Granbury and the three other area high school football teams will be starting practice on Monday, each aiming for a season of success.
For Coach Scotty Pugh’s GHS Pirates, the players in grades 10-12 will report at 7 a.m. for equipment sizing. Practice will continue 7 a.m. through 10 a.m.
Tuesday through Friday.
The Pirates’ intersquad scrimmage, from 8-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, will cap the initial week.
Granbury posted a 9-2 overall mark last season under Scotty Pugh, who is entering his seventh season at the helm of the Pirates’ ship. The Pirates were 6-1 in district play.
They reached the bidistrict round of the playoffs and finished 9-2 in 2013. Granbury’s only district loss was to record-setting Aledo, which is seeking its third consecutive state championship.
Offseason University Interscholastic League realignment moved Granbury from District 7-4A to District 8-5A with the addition of Class 6A for the largest schools.
The Pirates are expecting to have five offensive and six defensive starters back from last season.
Granbury’s freshmen are slated to report at 5 p.m. on Monday for equipment sizing and a light workout, continuing through 7 p.m. that day.
Each student athlete must have an athletic physical form completed and on file in order to receive any football equipment and to participate in practice.
The time schedule for the other two weeks of football practices before the school year begins may vary based on the weather and on professional development meetings for the GHS coaches.
Both of the Pirates’ football scrimmages will be on their home field, Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium.
On Friday, Aug. 15, they will take on Wichita Falls Hirschi. Stephenville will be Granbury’s second scrimmage opponent, Aug. 22.
For both scrimmages, the freshmen are set to start at 5 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 6 and the varsity at 7.
The area teams will experience their first day in pads on Friday, Aug. 8.
Coach Mike Franklin’s Tolar Rattlers will practice from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday through Friday next week.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, practice will start at about 9:30 or 10 a.m. after team pictures are taken.
On Aug. 12, following practice from 7-11 a.m., the Rattlers will stage an intrasquad scrimmage starting at about 7:30 p.m.
Tolar’s annual “Meet the Rattlers” event will be held in the high school cafeteria this year. It’s set for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.
The Rattlers were 9-3 last year and reached the area round of the Class 2A playoffs.
They are in a new alignment, District 7-2A, Division I.
Tolar should have six offensie and six defensive starters returning from a 9-3 team that was 6-1 in district.
Tolar’s first outing, Aug. 15 at Santo, will be a three-way scrimmage with Santo and Brock. The second scrimmage, Aug. 21, will be at Tolar.
Both are at 6 p.m.
Cornerstone Christian Academy, led by their new head coach and athletic director Chris Eikenhorst, will have his players participating in a football camp at Texas Star Ranch in Parker County, Monday- Friday.
On the night of Aug. 8, at the stroke of midnight, the Crusaders will open their regular practices with a session that is expected to last about 30-40 minutes, Eikenhorst said.
The Crusaders will start their regular two-a-day practice schedule on Aug. 11. Their practices are slated from 7-9 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. that week.
Eikenhorst said he is expecting to have 12-15 players this season.
Cornerstone is in Division II of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, and finished 9-2 last year.
Head coach Kirby Rasco of the North Central Texas Academy will stage morning practices Monday through Friday next week from 8-11.
The Pioneers will have an afternoon practice session on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 3-4:30.
They finished last season with a 7-5 mark and were No. 7 in the final TAPPS Division 2 rankings.
The Pioneers enter the 2014 campaign as the largest school in TAPPS Division 3 after moving up in the offseason.
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