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Football practice begins

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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As practice begins this week for high school football teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the players and coaches were greeted with high temperatures in the 100s.

Vista del Lago and Folsom High’s football teams began practice Monday afternoon, as all the work done since last season ended has the teams itching to get this season started.

“We’re pretty excited,” Vista coach Mike Struebing said. “The staff is pumped. We’ve worked for this day the whole offseason. Each phase of the offseason: weights, conditioning, spring ball, etc.; it’s fun, but we want to play real football. We’re excited to start.”

The sentiment was the same across town at Folsom High.

“We’re absolutely excited to get started,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “The kids have had a great summer, and done an incredible job in the weight room. We’re healthy, and strong and ready to get going. We’ve got the excitement of the De La Salle game, and, of course, coming off a state championship. The kids are fired up and ready to go.”

The only concern Richardson has as practice starts is the heat/high temperatures.

“Starting this early in the summer, I just hope the heat will work with us,” Richardson said. “The good thing is we have three weeks of practice before school starts so that will be nice for the kids. They can rest during the week.”

Things will start slow for the teams. Players will have helmets and no pads for the first few days of camps before they add shoulder pads to the mix by the end of the week. Five days of conditioning are mandatory before contact and full pads are allowed.

“We won’t have any live hitting the first week,” Richardson said. “We’ll do a lot of technique work and review this first week and get used to wearing helmets.”