CHS starts football practice

CHS starts football practice

By Daniel Winningham
After the first day of school Aug. 14, more than 60 high schoolers listened to the commands from coaches as football practice began.

Early on, the focus was on the offensive line clearing holes for the running backs.

Carlinville High School varsity football head coach Chad Easterday was working with linemen.

“Consistency, consistency!” yelled Easterday.

Following a couple of plays in which the ball was handed off to a running back with a few linemen clearing the way, Easterday was giving more words of encouragement.

“There it is! That’s realistic, right there!”

This year, Carlinville High School has 63 boys playing, including 42 upperclassmen and 21 freshmen.

Easterday is entering his sixth season leading the Cavaliers and is looking for his fifth straight winning season.

“I think the focus is getting settled in,” Easterday said before practice Aug. 19 while the players were stretching. “We have some kids fighting for positions and we’re trying to make sure that roster gets filled out before we start our prep week.”

In 2013, there will be 14 practices prior to first varsity game.

Coaches are only allowed three hours of practice time per day. Typically, the practice schedule so far has gone from about 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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