LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team has already had their first practice of the season.
It happened at midnight Monday morning. The Wildcats practiced for two hours, then took three hours off before picking back up again at 5 a.m.
The idea went over well, noted coach Sean Rinehart.
“It went really well,” he said. “The kids were excited about it, the community was excited, there was a lot of people here. I was surprised to see that many people were in the stands. It something for the kids to get excited about. I wanted them to know that the minute we can get on the field and get ready for our season we’re going to do it.”
The second practice was at a more reasonable time, 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“Obviously there is going to be a difference in the first and second year putting in an offense and defense. But where we’re at offensively and defensively at the varsity level is amazing,” Rinehart said. “These kids have bought in this summer and have been showing up and getting stronger and learning everything and doing all the things to be successful.”
In fact, the team is ahead of schedule, according to Rinehart.
“We’re way ahead of where I wanted to be so I’m excited,” he said. “It’s more so that I don’t have to be teaching the basic stuff. It’s to the point where they understand what we’re doing. Offensively we can take a look at different defenses. Defensively we can look at all sorts of different offenses. We don’t have to prepare for any one team. We’re at a point where we can just throw stuff at them and they are responding in an amazing way.”
Rinehart said he’s putting pressure on himself to get the Wildcats to set some goals that have never been accomplished at Lakeview.
“I put more pressure on myself than I want pressure on my kids,” he said. “My goal has always the playoffs, it’s always a state championship. I keep my goals high and I want the kids to follow that. The kids have never won a district. They’ve never won a regional championship here. No Lakeview team has ever gone 9-0, and I want those kids to know that. I want them to have those high goals and know it can happen. Why can’t Lakeview go undefeated? Why can’t Lakeview win a state championship? I want them (Lakeview) to buy into that and I think they have.”
Lakeview’s first test of the season will be Aug. 28 when they face arch rival Tri County at home.