Rain changed the plans of several area high school football teams on the first day of fall sports practices Monday.
At Smith-Cotton, the Tigers spent the first day of practice under first year coach Ryan Boyer focused on conditioning and learning plays.
“I felt like it went well,” Boyer said. “They showed up with a lot of enthusiasm. You never know on that first day but the kids were very receptive with the things we were telling them. We wanted to get out there, but the weather just didn’t cooperate.”
Though they couldn’t get out on the field, Boyer said he felt the day was still productive.
“We can always get better each day in a number of different ways,” he said.
Knob Noster also saw its first day of practice under a new coach and also had to change plans because of weather. Richard Villigram and the Panthers worked in the gym.
“(Monday) was good just to knock the dust off, mentally and physically,” Villigram said.
The Panthers were together for their end of summer camp two weeks ago before taking a break to comply with the MSHSAA dead period. After the week off, they were back working in the gym.
“It was good to come back in and see where the guys were at,” Villigram said. “The guys that did retain some things and the guys that did fall off. We were able to get some things going, get back into a groove of expectations and some new expectations we brought in.”
Northwest started its practice a few hours after Knob Noster and started things indoors before the rain passed and they were able to take the field.
“The first part there was lightning so we had to start off inside,” said Mustangs coach Caleb Crooker. “That kind of hampered us a little because we don’t really have a place to practice in (the gym). That was for the first hour but fortunately it passed and we were able to get outside.”
Though it was hard for the team to get much done inside, Mustangs’ second-year quarterback Daniel Blaylock liked what he saw on day one.
“We looked pretty good,” he said. “If we just keep everybody coming to practice, as the season goes on we’ll be better synced. Right now we’re still getting some of the plays down.”
For teams practicing in the afternoon or evening, the weather was fine. Sweet Springs took the field at 7:30 p.m. under cloudy but dry skies.
Greyhounds first-year coach Kris Conley said his team is starting to pick up the flexbone offense he has installed through their summer workouts. Now Sweet Springs still has position battles to work out with an eye toward week one.
“We’re going to get ready to play the Jamboree and then get ready to face Windsor coming up in that first game,” he said. “Definitely putting all our pieces together in all phases of the game, offense, defense, special teams, and getting ready to roll.”