Football practice kicks off at CCHS

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By Dwane Wilder

Seven-on-seven passing drills have given way to team practices in shorts, cleats and helmets for Campbell County High School football players.

The Cougars began workouts Monday afternoon in unusually cool temperatures that more closely resembled October than July.

Campbell County will begin working out in full pads next Monday in preparation for the season and home opener on Aug. 21 against Loudon.

“We’ve got a new passing package and some new wrinkles,” said Cougars coach Dewayne Wells.

“We want to change things up a little bit to be more diverse. I’m looking for more consistency and for players to step up.”

The Cougars will be running the same Georgia Tech spread option offense they used to make back-to-back state playoff appearances.The challenge will be in replacing nearly 20 battle-tested seniors, who graduated last spring.

“Last year, we had two or three key plays we were really effective at,” said Wells.

“We’ll just have to see what those will be this year.”

Around 60 players were on the field for practice Monday morning, but the coach expects that number to rise by next week.

“Defensively, I thought we flew around very well and got to the ball (in 7-on-7 drills vs. Scott and Cumberland Gap),” said Wells.