The moment football players and fans have been waiting for all summer came at 6 a.m. Monday morning.
The Indians got back on the practice field for the first time this fall at that early hour to signify the return of football season.
Waxahachie football coach David Ream told his players after practice that he thought the first day was overall a success, but they have some work to do before the season begins later this month.
“I think once we get started and get everybody together and we see who all we have with us, everybody gets a better idea of how things are going to turn out,” Ream said. “We’re happy to have the guys we have with us out here.”
The coach thinks this group of players that will make up the 2013 Indians is as good a collection of talent that he’s had in recent years.
“I think this is as good of a total group that we’ve had in a long time,” Ream said. “We’ve got a good group of senior leaders and a strong group of young guys coming up behind them, so we’re excited about this whole group.”
That group of seniors includes players offensive lineman Patrick Lawrence and wide receiver/safety Quinn Sargent. Both of them seemed to be back in shape and ready to contribute to the team in anyway possible.
Ream noted that a couple players struggled during the practice’s first hour and a half, which was dedicated to conditioning tests.
“Conditioning is a big part of this week. We run for the first hour and a half then we concentrate on football the rest of practice,” Ream said. “Conditioning is a work in progress and it’s harder on some guys more than others. It’s a little different for the guys that came out for our head start summer conditioning program, but it’s still a work in progress.”
While the team gets back in shape, it will also be learning the playbook before an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning, around 9 a.m. after team pictures at 7 a.m.
“This week will have a little bit of everything,” Ream said. “We’re starting it just like we did with spring ball as we add in some of our base offense this week before our scrimmage this Saturday. Next week we’ll add in some more before our second scrimmage then we’ll be ready for the first game.”
The Indians are also using this first week of practice to move players around in ways that will help the team most with its depth.
Waxahachie will scrimmage Rockwall next Friday as a final tune up before the opening game against Midlothian at home Aug. 30.