DANVILLE — Football season arrived in style Thursday.
High school teams all over the area got in their first official practice of the summer, preparing for the upcoming fall season. The first two days are all about conditioning and learning the playbook. Monday, the pads will start cracking.
“It’s just fundamentals — working on the basic things,” said Danville coach Ed Honabarger. “You work on footwork and the hands. You can never teach that enough. We tell the kids that all the little things add up to a big thing, so we work a lot on the little things.”
Those little things included the proper techniques for linemen, backs and defensive players. They also include learning the plays and even some time watching film of themselves and other teams.
Danville has about the normal number of players out on the high school team — 36. They include 11 seniors and a large group of freshmen.
The Devils did lose seven starters from both sides of the ball, though, so Honabarger knows he has a lot of players who need time on the playing field in big situations.
“As far as starting experience, we’re pretty green,” he said.