6 Sports Two-A-Days: Jackson’s midnight madness

The Vikings charged into Atwood Stadium at 12:04 a.m. Monday, just minutes after it was legal to start season practice.

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.

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