GREENVILLE – The 2018 Greenville Senior High School football season got underway at 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon with the Green Wave players and coaching staff taking the field for the first official practice of the new season.
“It’s good to get out and actually get started into official practice even though the next three or four days is still a continuation of summer,” said Greenville head coach Aaron Shaffer. “The good part with that is you get to solidify their understanding of the schemes, work on some of finer techniques now that they know what they are doing to get us prepared for what will be Saturday when you can really start playing football.”
The first day of practice opened with 57 high school players on the turf at Harmon Field.
“It’s a solid number,” stated Shaffer. “We have two classes that are a little bit smaller but it is what it is. If we are right around 60 to 65 kids we’re in pretty good shape and we’re right there.”
Cool weather greeted the players with a light rain setting in the second half of the afternoon session.
“Those early couple of games, it’s still summer time and the sun is still pretty high in the sky at kick off,” Shaffer said of hot humid weather at previous season opening day practices. “The last few years, week one against Eaton the daytime temperature was in the mid-nineties, the humidity was up. We’re going to get some shots of those I’m sure but the good thing about a day like today, the kids can really work at it and not have the weather be such a drag on them.”
“Would I prefer it be a little hotter – yes, that way they have to learn and acclimate their bodies,” added Shaffer. “but pretty sure everybody is dealing with the same weather today, so it’s not a bad thing.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville Green Wave head varsity football coach Aaron Shaffer leads team through 2018 opening day practice. (Gaylen Blosser photos)