Oak Ridge High’s varsity football team kicked off the 2018 season Monday with the first day of practice along with the nearly 200 other varsity football teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
With helmets as the only football gear allowed, the players went through their normal stretching/warm-up routine and then did individual, group, and team work before getting some kicking game work in as well.
“The hardest thing about the first few days is that we have no equipment, but we’re excited to get going,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “The dead period is so long that the coaching staff gets itchy and we have this sense of urgency that we’ve got a game soon and we’re not ready to play. And, of course, we should feel that way because no team is ready to play at this point. By the end of the week, we will have our shoulder pads, and then we’ll be closer to getting ready to play football.”