Another week is in the books.
The second full week of practice for the local football teams wrapped up on Friday, and when they return to the practice field on Monday, it will be game week.
Callaway, LaGrange and Troup will each play preseason games on Friday.
LaGrange is continuing to prepare for a new season under first-year head coach Dialleo Burks.
During the first few weeks of practice, Burks has stressed to the players that they either give it their all, or someone else will be taking their spot.
“We want to teach real-world values, but we do it through football,” Burks said. “We don’t want guys to be comfortable. I do not like guys to be comfortable, at all. And they know I will go with a guy half as talented as they are. It’s not to prove a point, that’s just the realness of the situation. Nobody is bigger than the team. Nobody. That’s how we approach it.”
Burks said he makes sure every player on the team knows that his chance could come, so be prepared.
“You have to be ready. That’s why we prepare all of them,” Burks said. “We don’t want them to get in there thinking, I’m a backup. That’s why we set practices the way we do. We compete. They mess up, they’re out. Go sit. You have to step up.”
LaGrange will visit Newnan on Friday for its preseason game before opening the season for real on Aug. 22 against Callaway.
At Troup, head coach Lynn Kendall said a strong group of seniors has provided plenty of leadership through the first two weeks of practice, and throughout the year.
“That group has been exceptional this year through off-season workouts, and doing things they need to do during the spring, and doing what they need to do during the summer,” Kendall said. “And some of them have played other sports, and at the same time done what they needed to do as far as football. It’s a pretty solid group.”
Kendall added that “they get it done in the class room, do all the things we’re asking of them. I’m real proud of them and where we’re at right now. We expect a lot of leadership out of them.”
Troup will visit Upson-Lee on Friday for its preseason game, and it will open its season against LaGrange on Aug. 29.
Callaway completed its second week of practice with a scrimmage on Friday.
There were referees on hand to give the players a more realistic game-type setting.
“When you get officials out there, it kind of seems a little more real,” Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said.
Callaway will be in Hogansville on Friday to play Greenville in its preseason game.
Callaway’s season opener will be against LaGrange on Aug. 22.
Lafayette Christian School, meanwhile, has also completed its second week of practice.
The Cougars will play their season opener on Friday when they host Shiloh Hills.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports