All of the hard work and preparation has been put in. The running, lifting weights, learning the system, learning new plays and then executing them on the practice field.
There are new coaches to learn and new players for the coaches to learn.
Players have heard words like teamwork, guts, pride, determination, don’t quit, dig a little deeper, go the extra mile, passion, dedication and discipline.
Players have put in many hours during the off season to get ready for a little thing called high school football. There has been sweat, blood and tears. The aches and pains that go with hard work.
Now, teams across St. Clair County are within one week of starting the 2012 high school football season. Teams like the Ashville Bulldogs, Leeds Green Wave, Moody Blue Devils, Pell City Panthers, Ragland Purple Devils, Springville Tigers, St. Clair County Saints and Victory Christian Lions.
Leeds is ranked No. 1 in the Class 3A preseason poll, which is created by the Alabama Sportswriters Association. Ragland is ranked No. 4 in Class 1A.
Several new coaches take over, such as Mark O’Bryant at Ashville; Jonathan Nix at Ragland; and Raymond Farmer at Victory Christian.
Currently, each team stands at 0-0. No one knows what the next 10 weeks hold, but we at the St. Clair Times wish all the area teams a successful and safe season. Just by competing, we think you are already winners.
We also wish luck to the cheerleaders and band as they cheer and perform at each game.
Also, the inaugural St. Clair Times football tab is coming.
Pigskin Preview 2012 will hit your homes and newsstands Aug. 30.
Inside will be football preview stories on all eight teams. There will also be photos of each football team, band and cheerleaders. A schedule for each team will be provided.
We at the St. Clair Times take great pride in putting together this keepsake. We will be at every game keeping you informed how the season unfolds for your favorite team.