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High School football teams kick off season with first workouts

High School football team kickoff season with first workouts (Source: WECT) High School football team kickoff season with first workouts (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

High School football teams didn’t waste any time getting on the practice field.

Once the clocked struck midnight on Aug. 1, the Laney Buccaneers started working out.

"It's exciting, we are getting right back into it. We are going to be the first ones doing it because it's 12:00, August 1. These guys have been working all summer long. They have been working all off season and it's finally here," said Laney head coach Ashaad Yeoman.

The rest of the team in the Mideastern Conference wait until the morning to practice.

The New Hanover Wildcats are the defending league champs, and coming off a trip to the East Finals. 

Second-year head coach Earl Smith pleased with his teams work in the weight room.

"We had a great spring when it came to weight lifting," he said. "It was one of the best springs with weight lifting I have every had since I coached.”

Craig Wnderwood’s Hoggard Vikings coming into the season with plenty of veterans on offense. The big question will be the play of the defense.

"Defensive is a very young group, but they had a great summer so I am pleased with them as well,” he said.

Down at Ashley High School, Jeff Turner is starting year two. In 2015, Turner took over a Screaming Eagle program that didn’t win a game the year before. He worked his magic and in year one led the team to a 3-8 record.

"They understand we have set the example; our expectations are high," he said. "They understand we have had a great summer we have our players and we are ready to go. they know what is expected of them."

Week one of the High School football season kicks off Aug. 19.

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