JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS)—It was midnight madness on the Vikings’ field as the team charged out of the tunnel at precisely 12:04 a.m. Monday.
Jackson opens the season Aug. 27 but wanted to get the jump on most area schools by staging their first practice under the lights just a few minutes after it was legal to do so.
6 Sports was inside Atwood Stadium as the team trained until 1:30 a.m.
“It’s my senior year so I’m going to have to end it off with a bang. It’s going to take hard work and commitment from everybody. You know, it’s not an individual sport – football’s a team sport, so we have to play as a team,” said senior wide receiver Maurice White.
The excitement was high despite two sub-par seasons under third year coach Scott Farley.
But Farley is trying to build a new culture at Jackson, which is a process.
Midnight practice is not new to him; he had the same tradition during his time at Leslie High School.
“We’re after it pretty hard from January on, but we’re excited to get started for sure,” said Farley.