High School Football Practice Underway

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Rector Cougar football players go through opening practice conditioning drills Monday in preparation for the upcoming season. The junior team is scheduled for morning sessions with the senior team in the afternoon. Coach David Hendrix said there are 23 players on the junior squad and 22 in the senior group. Rector football begins soon with home games first on the schedule. The Junior Cougars will host Piggott on Thursday, Sept. 1, and Palestine-Wheatley visits Friday, Sept. 2, in senior action. (TD photo/Ron Kemp)

With the arrival of August, Arkansas also welcomes the official start of the 2016 high school football pre-season, and two-a-day drills. Practice for area teams is now underway, as they prepare for week one, Friday, Sept. 2. Many of the squads are also scheduled to scrimmage, and take part in jamboree format events, to prep for the campaign at hand.

Mohawk Head Coach Michael Harrell reports his senior team is practicing from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday of the next two weeks. The squad will also gather, along with the junior high players, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

The junior high squad is currently scheduled to play in a jamboree at Trumann on Monday, Aug. 22, while the senior squad will play in a jamboree at Trumann Friday, Aug. 26.

Mohawk Assistant Football Coach Shawn Hearn works with linemen during Monday morning's first official practice of the coming season.

Meanwhile, the Rector Cougars are preparing under Coach David Hendrix as well, with the junior squad working out at 8:30 a.m. weekdays, and the senior squad practicing at 5:30 p.m.

The Cougars are also slated to scrimmage the Corning Bobcats at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. RHS will open the season at home, hosting the Patriots of Palestine-Wheatley at Temerian Field. As for the Tribe, they'll begin the 2016 campaign on the road as they take on perennial 2A contender Hazen in the Hornet's nest.

The Mohawks are slated to host the Cougars for week three, with the contest set to be played at Parker Field on Friday, Sept. 16.

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