By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Tigers got their 2015 Fall season underway with an early morning practice on Monday.
It is the first time the Tigers took the field as a unit since Red-and-White game in late-May at Crusader Stadium.
The first day of camp brought about your standard adjustments to hydration and nutrition. With road scrimmage at Bryan’s Merrill Green Field against Montgomery just days away, the teams are readying themselves for a hard battle on the gridiron.
The varsity and junior varsity teams practiced at the BHS practice fields and the freshman team practiced at the BHS9 practice fields.
“We’re a long way away from last year,” Tiger offensive lineman Zach Shackleford said. “We’re a whole lot better. We’re still working on techniques and we’re jelling together as a team pretty well.”
The first two days of practice focused on basics and fundamentals of offense and defense, with the addition of special teams aspects on Tuesday morning.
The schedule is challenging during the first week, with all of the sessions compressed into five-and-a-half hours in the morning. Next week’s schedule will feature morning meetings and weight lifting from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and practice from 3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
There will be a towel scrimmage on Saturday morning for all teams, coinciding with the team picture days at Wilson Kerzee Field. Freshman report to the field at 6:45 a.m. for 7:30 a.m. pictures and 8 a.m. scrimmage. Junior Varsity report to the field at 7:45 a.m. for 8:30 a.m. pictures and 9:15 a.m. scrimmage. Varsity reports at 8:45 a.m for 9:30 a.m. pictures and a 10 a.m. scrimmage.
All attendees of the scrimmages at Wilson Kerzee are asked to bring a towel to donate at the gate.