Greenville begins football season preparations

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 1:15 pm on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Greenville defensive players Austin Bunton, left, and Greg Krusniak work on drills during Monday’s first day of practice at Legacy Field.

GREENVILLE — Monday was the first official day of high school football practice around the state.

For the Greenville Yellow Jackets that meant a long day on the football field. The Yellow Jackets practiced from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and according to coach Dave Moore had a good first day.

“I thought it was very positive. We had a lot of energy and it was up temp, which was very encouraging,” Moore said.

The Yellow Jackets (4-5 in 2011) held practice on Legacy Field. Their new stadium is still under construction, but will be ready for opening day against the Belding Redskins on Aug. 24.

Moore said playing on the new field may have helped with the team energy.

“I think that is a big part of it,” Moore said. “But every team is different. Some teams are just like that and others aren’t. This team seems to be like that. It makes practice more fun.”

Greenville senior Alex Dillon agreed the first practice went well, but said improvement is always needed.

“I think overall it went pretty good for our first official practice. We can always improve though,” Dillon said. “But, we aren’t playing Belding tomorrow, so we should have everything down soon. A little tweaking and we’ll be ready.”

Greenville quarterback Curtis Heppe hands off to running back Miguel Nieto during Monday’s morning practice.

While Monday is the first official day of practice, teams have been working out in various capacities all summer long. Moore said it helps with the first days of practice.

“It definitely is easier. We have done so much during the offseason with 7-on-7s and we’ve been conditioning all summer long,” Moore said. “Kids come in to camp in shape. We don’t have to worry about conditioning right now. They are ready to go.”

The first three days of practice are without pads. Thursday will be the first day for teams in pads.

“For us these are installation days. Without pads we put our whole offense, defense and kicking games in,” Moore said. “Then when we get pads on we can concentrate on reps.”

The Yellow Jackets will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m.

“It’s just another practice for us,” Moore said. “It will be shorter and all team based. Other than that it’s like another practice.”

They scrimmage at East Kentwood Aug. 16.

2011 GHS results

at Belding    W 46-40 OT

vs. Mona Shores    W 59-14

vs. Holland    L 56-35

at GR Union    W 49-18

vs. East GR    L 56-22

vs. GR Creston    W 44-0

at GR Christian    L 49-0

vs. Lowell    L 35-7

at Northview    L 40-28