(WLNS) – It’s day four of high school football practice, and Friday marks the first day of full pads around the state and in mid-Michigan.
We continue our 6 Sports Two-A-Days , with stops at two more area high schools..
Let’s start with the nitty-gritty Bulldogs from Mason who return 6 starters on offense, and 5 starters on defense for 2014.
The Bulldogs are one of several area teams who are still a part of the CAAC Conference, but are now in the Red division, instead of the Gold.
Jerry VanHavel begins his 24th season as Mason’s head coach, where the Bulldogs are big on three things.
“Tradition, conditioning and toughness. Basically, I mean we’re always trying to be as tough as we can, we condition as much as we can and we’re always, we’re always together”, says Bulldog quarterback Jarrett VanHavel. Coach jerry vanhavel adds, “We preach those things in our program we expect to be hard working and we expect them to be disciplined and do things the right way and we want our kids to be hard nosed and tough. But saying those things doesn’t make those things you have to go out and you have to do them. It’s bringing those things to fruition.“
6 Sports Two-A-Days takes place all this week and next week….we’re going to 20 schools in 10 days…..and our second stop today takes us from the CAAC Red divison, to the White.
Williamston is ready to start the 2014 season after a 3rd place finish in the CAAC White last year. The Hornets boast a heavy upperclassmen roster who haven’t forgot their season ending, pre-district loss to Lake Fenton.
A new year brings a new beginning and for the Hornets, a new mantra. Head coach Steve Kersten lays it out. “The kids made it up and it’s no excuses, no fear, no limits and we’re talking about that everyday in different aspects of that and I love the mantra actually. Just the no excuses especially, I don’t want to hear the kids whining when we’re going to the line and they’re doing a great job with it.“
Senior quarterback Chaz Moore explains, “It basically describes our team and where we want to go you know. If we work hard, we have no excuses, no fear. Nobody can tell us where we can go you know we have no limits.”
We’ll have two more stops along the prep football Two-A-Days trail, Next time we’ll visit Waverly and Grand Ledge.