The Havelock Rams officially opened football practice last week just like they did the year before, with poor weather and as the defending state 3A champions.
Rain cut the first official practice short, but in essence, the players had been preparing for the 2013 season since the spring by participating in the team’s “Black Reign” conditioning program.
Beyond thought, other players participated in the 7-on-7 summer passing league season, and even prior to the first day of practice on Aug. 1, the Rams were able to go through some drills.
“We had a three-day mini camp Monday through Wednesday of workouts and had three great days to make up for today being cut short,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “We like to set our summer up the very same way we do our fall practices and not change a whole lot.”
The rain cut Havelock’s first official practice short.
“Today was more mental for the guys,” Bryant said.
Havelock went 15-1 a season ago, defeating Concord 55-21 in the state championship game. In the last two seasons, Havelock is 31-1.
The Rams continue daily weekday practices, with pair of scrimmage days thrown in, before opening the season Aug. 23 at Washington.