HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: A collision course

By ERIC VICCARO

sports@bowienewsonline.com

The Bowie High School football team, as well Forestburg, put on the pads for the first time this season at midnight Friday morning.
Fans could hear the snap, crackle, pop of the pads as players set themselves on a collision course with each other.
Football teams aren’t allowed to wear pads until the fifth day of practice, in accordance with rules established by the University Interscholastic League.
“It was excited to see what we have,” said Bowie head football coach Dylan Stark. “It was the next step for us, and kids are putting it together.”
Stark reported Bowie spent 50 minutes on offense and 50 more minutes on defense. There were both position group and team periods. Overall, there were 23 segments.
“I liked the energy of the kids,” Stark said. “They were having fun.”
The best part of the practice was Bowie didn’t incur any injuries, which has happened during the first padded practice in other years.
Bowie will now be off until a practice session set for Monday afternoon, Aug. 14.

The Bowie High School football team had its first practice of the season in full pads early Friday morning. Here, new coach Josh Harden (right) works with a Jackrabbit player during a team defense drill. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)