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By Kevin Eckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



LaGrange head coach Dialleo Burks encourages the players during the Iron Man competition on Tuesday. LaGrange begins preseason practice on Friday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange head coach Dialleo Burks encourages the players during the Iron Man competition on Tuesday. LaGrange begins preseason practice on Friday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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Summer isn’t officially over, but for high-school football teams in Georgia, it might as well be.


With a new season just a month away for some teams, and even less for others, preparations for the fall are about to heat up.


According to the Georgia High School Association, teams can hold their first official practice on Friday, and the first full-contact practices can be held on Aug. 1.


It’s go time, and the LaGrange Grangers won’t waste any time in getting started.


Friday morning, the Grangers will put the uniforms on and hit the field at Granger Park for the first practice of the season.


First up, the players will be timed in a couple of running events, and then practice will begin.


“We’ll run the 40, and 400-yard dash and time them, and then get right to practice,” said Dialleo Burks, who is heading into his first season as LaGrange’s head coach. “And after practice, we’ll run a 300-yard shuttle for time. That’s their conditioning test. It’s not about the first quarter if you’re fresh. What do you have in the fourth quarter?”


The Grangers will return to the practice field on Monday, and when Aug. 1 rolls around, they’ll put the pads on and start hitting.


“That’s the day that we’re going to be in camp,” Burks said. “We’re ready.”


The Grangers will take the field against another team for the first time on Aug. 15 when they visit Newnan for a preseason game.


On Aug. 22, LaGrange will open the regular season against the Callaway Cavaliers.

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