The lifting and the conditioning during the morning weren’t always enough for Alex Waters and a few of his Greer High football teammates.
For three weeks leading up to this one, they tacked a 3-mile run onto their workout, all of which went into Friday’s performance.
“It’s very special, because this is the beginning right here,” Waters, a senior guard, said after two-plus hours in the heat.
Friday was the first day that the South Carolina High School League allowed teh sports of football, swimming, girls golf, volleyball, girls tennis, cross country and competitive cheer teams to practice.
But for high school athletes these days, the offseason is in-season.
“It starts back in December, but all that work you put in during the summer, this is where it shows,” Waters said. “During the first practice, that’s when everyone knows how hard you’ve been working.”
Thus, it was the first practice, but the table had been set.
“We really have 21 days in the spring, and you’ve got them all summer long now, so you don’t bring them in and have to start over,” Greer coach Will Young said. “We don’t do that any more. That part’s a little better.
“We’ve still got to get them in shape. Football condition’s a little different than regular condition, so we’ve got a little work to do on that.”
Greer went 9-2 last year and won the Region 3-AAA championship. But the end came too soon.
“We had a disappointment last year losing in the first round,” Waters said. “We definitely plan to go further this year, and we put that into everything we do. We go into practice just like we’re going into a game.”
With realignment, the Yellow Jackets have returned to the Peach Blossom AAA Region. And a number of key players from last year’s team graduated.
“The goal this year is to win state,” Waters said.