Let the hitting begin.
Practice officially began more than a week ago, but when the calendar changed to August, teams were able to put the full pads on for the first time and start hitting.
Also beginning on Friday, teams were able to expand the time they spend on the practice field.
According to Georgia High School Association regulations, the first five practices can’t exceed two hours, and there is no hitting.
On Friday, teams across the state were able to hold full-contact practices for the first time, and they didn’t have to adhere to the two-hour time limit.
LaGrange took advantage of the change by holding two practices on Friday for the start of a two-day overnight camp.
LaGrange will also practice twice today.
Troup was on the field Friday morning for its first full-contact practice, while Callaway held its first full-pads practice Friday evening.
Lafayette Christian School, meanwhile, wrapped up its first week of practice on Friday.
The Cougars spent the whole week in camp at the school, with the players spending each night on campus.
Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said the hope is to have as much of the playbook installed as possible before the first full-contact practice.
“Your goal is to have your base stuff in by the time you have your pads on,” Hubbard said. “You can get out here and run, and add stuff as you go.”
LaGrange head coach Dialleo Burks said he was eager to get the team away for an overnight camp.
“You don’t have the distractions. Those guys can focus,” Burks said. “I’m looking for a great time.”
Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said he was pleased with what the team got done in the first five days of practice, despite the two-hour time limit.
Kendall said the key is making sure the pace never lets up in those two hours.
“We have good pace. We’re getting a lot done,” Kendall said. “And the guys are really getting better at practicing like that.”
Lafayette Christian School wrapped up its busy first week on Friday.
For the second straight year, the players and coaches spent the whole week at the school.
“It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding at the same time,” Lafayette Christian coach Nick Nehring said of the week-long camp.
OF NOTE: For more on Lafayette Christian’s camp, see Monday’s sports section.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports