Spring is in the air and a young manís fancy turns to football. That is the state of things in the Lone Star state as all across Texas the pigskin flies for spring football practice.

The University Interscholastic League allows Class 4A and 5A schools to participate in 18 days of spring practice that have to take place within 30 calendar days.

It is an opportune time for coaches to install offensive and defensive schemes as well as to check on the conditioning and health of athletes as they prepare for the upcoming season.

It is also a time for the coaches to generate enthusiasm. Most schools include a scrimmage or game to end the spring practices to allow athletes to perform in front of parents and fans.

The Midlothian Panthers scheduled the spring game for Tuesday and included fun times for all the family - like the punt, pass and kick contest for grades 1-6, food and loads of entertainment.

Additionally, the Manna House was the recipient of several hundred pounds of food as the entrance fee was a non-perishable food item for the local charity.

PP&K winners

First Grade

1. Jack Freeman

2. Kade Lattimore

3. Magan Martens

Second Grade

1. Jonathan Puckett

2. Christopher Bland

3. Hunter Freeman

Third Grade

1. Joel Mathis

2. Charles Hoard

3. Karson Conrad

Fourth Grade

1. Lexie Petty

2. Kiley Martens

3. Samantha Bland

Fifth Grade

1. Jacob Montes

2. Brandon Vineyard

3. Jaclyn Freeman

Sixth Grade

1. Jacob Womack

2. Jacob Mathis

3. Kaytlyn Matthews

The Football Booster Club also hosted the first annual Kick Thru the Uprights during halftime of the spring game for adults 18 and over. Bud Dewolfe participated in the hopes of winning the around trip air fare ticket to anywhere in the U.S. for his wife. As he explained at halftime, she wanted to visit her dad in another state who was very ill. Congratulations to the Dewolfe family!