Laney football opens season with midnight practice

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - As the clock struck midnight and turned to July 31st, the Laney Buccaneers football team hit the practice field.

The Buccaneers got to work the very first second the North Carolina High School Athletic Association allowed.

"It is exciting, we build up to this" said Laney head coach Ashaad Yeoman. "All the work that we put in during the off season and the summer time. Now it's time for the first official practice. And we can't wait to get to this moment. And here we go an official practice ready to go."

This is the fourth year that the Laney football program has hosted a midnight practice.

Yeoman, who is entering his fourth season on the sideline for the Bucs, hopes his team's summer workouts payoff.

"One thing that we try to do during the summer is get the guys into shape" said Yeoman. "We are trying to build a culture in the summertime. Now it comes down to let's get our plays down, so that we are not focusing on the conditioning so much. That's what the summer is for. We are trying to build a culture."

A year ago, Laney finished 8-5, and lost to Wake Forest in the second round of the 4AA playoffs.

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