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Vista hits hard on first day

By: Matt Long
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After weeks of no contact, Vista del Lago’s football team had its first full-pad practice on Thursday and went at it. Not only were the players eager to hit, but the coaches were just as eager to see it. “Thursday was a really good day of practice, a really physical practice,” Coach Chris Jones said. “We wanted to get a lot of hitting in and that was the nature of a lot of our drills. “We knew the guys would have a lot of energy, so we harnessed that and had a long, physical practice. Everyone took their lumps.” The team practiced in shorts in the three days leading up to Thursday’s practice. On Friday the Eagles were in pads again, but didn’t have the same energy level as they did the previous day. “We started off with a lot of energy on Friday, but it slid a little as practice went on,” Jones said. “The guys were wearing down a bit, showing the effects of how physical Thursday’s practice was.” This week the Eagles will focus more on some of the finer details of the game, focusing on lots of drills along with some short 11-on-11 scrimmages. “We really don’t do a lot of that,” Jones said of scrimmaging. “I’ve found about 10 minutes of that focusing on offense and another 10 minutes on defense is plenty. We try to get nine to 12 plays in during that time. Any longer and I think the play deteriorates.” The Eagles are not only preparing for the regular season, which opens Sept. 12 against Napa at Folsom High School, but also the team’s two scrimmages. On Sept. 4 the team heads to Oakmont, while Sept. 12 they host Woodland.