High school football practice began on Monday and despite the uncertainty surrounding the season, many were excited to get back on the field.
Defending division four state champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central was hard at work in the morning.
"During quarantine I didn't really know what was going to happen," senior wide receiver Jace Williams said. "I didn't know when we were going back I don't know when things were getting normal so just really glad to be back out here with the guys grinding everyday and getting better."
High school teams were able to hold summer workouts, but there were no 7-on-7's.
Due to the limited off season, the early days of practice are important.
"There is always work to do but in terms of throwing I've been throwing a lot this summer," junior quarterback Joey Silveri said. "It is more of getting used to making reads again and reading coverages and we will do plenty on that out here so I really got to work on that."
There is no guarantee that there will be games played when week one rolls around August 27th, so the Cougars are just focused on each practice right now.
"The benefit for us is our mentality never changes we have never been worried about what the first game looks like," senior running back Nick Hollern said. "Right now we are taking everyday individually, we are taking every workout individually, every rep individually, we are trying to get better whether the season happens or not, that is not in our hands."
Grand Rapids Catholic Central is defending division 4 state champions, the Cougars have won state titles in 3 of the past 4 years and are slated to compete in division 5 this season. CC returns 8 starters led by WR Jace Williams, QB Joey Silveri and S Nolan Ziegler pic.twitter.com/ijUTMjOCQc— FOX 17 Blitz (@FOX17Blitz) August 10, 2020
"We tell our kids like everything play like it's your last play, practice like it's your last practice all those things we say it to our coaches same thing," head coach Todd Kolster added. "Because you never know what's going to happen. Are we going to play? Are we not going to play? Are they going to move it to spring? Are they going to cancel it? None of us know that."
The Cougars do not currently have an opponent scheduled for week one, but Kolster said they continue to try find one.