HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Season embarks Monday



The University Interscholastic League has established Monday as the official beginning for practices throughout the state of Texas.
All five Montague County football-playing schools will start practice, with varying schedules.
“We’re very excited to get started,” said Bowie head coach Dylan Stark, who has guided the Jackrabbits to back-to-back playoff appearances. “The kids worked hard this summer.”
Below is a capsule of what each school will do this coming week.


Football players must report at 7 a.m. on Monday for the opening practice, which will run from 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Bowie also will follow that schedule on Tuesday; however, Wednesday’s session will run from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday’s session will be from 7:30-9:45 a.m.
Then, as has become tradition in recent years, Bowie will have a “Midnight Madness” practice, the first one in which full pads will be worn and collision allowed.
Stark reported Bowie will most likely be off next Saturday. Practice times for the following week from Aug. 14-18 have yet to be announced.
The coach reminded players all paperwork needs to be turned in before they can practice. Read more in the Aug. 5 Bowie News.

Bowie football players prepare for the 2016 season with a ‘Midnight Madness’ practice. The Jackrabbits will be one of three county teams to practice at midnight this year. Bowie and Forestburg will have a training session on Aug. 11 while Nocona is set for a team period on Aug. 12 at Jack Crain Stadium. All county teams convene for practice on Monday. (News file photo by Dani Blackburn)