In just a mere 77 days from Friday, Columbus High football will play its first game of the 2019 season in a home game against Norfolk.
In between now and then, there is a lot of work to be done before kickoff against the rival Panthers.
Some of that work began this week when the Discoverers held a football camp this week. It was the first team activity since the graduation of the Class of 2019 and included incoming freshmen.
"The goal is to get all of the kids on the same page and teach them as much as we can about both sides of the football," said head coach Craig Williams during camp on Thursday morning. "(Teach them) about our schemes and what we're going to do on defense, so that when we get later in the summer and we do a team padded camp we can roll right into that."
On top of getting the team on the same page, the camp is also an opportunity for Williams and the rest of the coaching staff to reteach some of the basics of the game.
"The other thing is just to work on fundamentals," Williams said. "We can't have pads on right now, so it's just working on footwork, working on the fundamentals, getting those little things right so that when we get the pads on we can get going and do some the scrimmage stuff we want to do when we go to the team camp later in the summer."
The group likely to benefit the most from the weeklong training is the incoming freshmen. Camp is one of the few times for the younger players to practice alongside the varsity players.
"That's a big thing for us," Williams said. "Our varsity guys get a chance to work with the incoming freshman. Once the season gets going, we don't get that luxury to work with those guys because we play on different nights. Those guys get to hear a common voice and the older guys get to help the younger guys in this situation. It's a good camp to really introduce everybody to what we're trying to do and our goals for the season."
Williams said he feels positive about how the camp has gone so far.
"It's good," he said. "The kids are working hard. We've had great weather. The kids are starting to pick up on a lot of the changes that we've done. They've been excited. All we can ask right now is that they hustle around and they come ready to learn. That's what they've done. We're really pleased with where they are right now."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com