Monday officially marked the transition from the TSSAA’s dead period to the beginning of the second half of summer in which high school athletes and their coaches can practice and prepare for the next season.
With about six-and-a-half weeks to go before most football teams’ first games on Aug. 21, Monday was the beginning of the end of the offseason.
Trinity Christian Academy head coach Blake Butler said his team wasn’t picture perfect in its first day out, but there were some bright spots – particularly from some younger guys.
TCA traveled to South Side for a 7-on-7 scrimmage with Chester County and the Hawks.
A few other teams got some 7-on-7 work in as well.
Peabody traveled to Medina to take on South Gibson.
The 7-on-7 work came later in the morning after the Hornets had actually begun practicing at 6 a.m. South Gibson head coach Scott Stidham said his team does better when they work early in the morning.
“In summer workouts, if they get here early and get done, they have the rest of the day to work at their job or enjoy the day,” Stidham said. “Then in July, it gives us more time to get other work in.”
Scotts Hill got work in as well, but the Lions stayed to themselves on their own campus. Head coach Michael Stroup said he could tell his team hadn’t practiced in two weeks.
“It’s usually pretty rough the first day back from dead period,” Stroup said. “And today was no different.
“We were in shape before the break, running 14 110s at the end of workouts. We couldn’t do that today.”
Super Senior readers’ choice
A couple of weeks ago, the Sun began a voting contest in which readers and social media followers could choose a 13th selection to add to the normal 12 we profile in our annual preseason Super Seniors series.
South Side lineman Jordan Taylor won the contest with 51 percent of the vote.
The series will begin Aug. 1.
Middleton and Peabody will play each other this season after all.
The teams were both affected by Memphis schools, who decided late in the process and without willingly letting anyone outside Shelby County know, not to field football teams.
Woodstock was going to attempt to have a high school for the first time and field a football team, and neither is apparently happening. W.E.B. Dubois elected not to field a team this year.
Both were in Middleton’s Region 8-1A, and Woodstock was originally Peabody’s Week 2 opponent. Dubois was the Golden Tide’s Plan B opponent for Week 2.
Peabody and Middleton agreed to play each other the next two years with Middleton traveling both years to Trenton.
Middleton has a similar agreement with Adamsville, who replaced Woodstock when they were the first school to not have a football team in May.
Brandon Shields, 425-9751