KENNESAW — It has been three years since Kennesaw State football has had a regular offseason.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, and the unknowns that came with it, the fall 2020 season was canceled. Instead of playing in the fall, the Owls played a six-game schedule in the spring of 2021, lasting from February to early April.

After that, the Owls quickly jumped into getting ready for the season of fall 2021, without any true breaks.

However, this year, the Owls got back into their regular routine, with a 15-practice spring schedule, capped with the sixth annual spring game Friday night, which the defense won 67-39.

“It’s really good to be in spring ball,” coach Brian Bohannon said. “It was really good to have an offseason. We haven’t had this since 2019. So just having a normal January, February, March and April is unbelievable because it’s been a long time.

“It’s one of those things, like with the whole pandemic, that you don’t realize what you have until you lose it.”

After the game Friday night, the Owls will have some time off to get their minds and bodies right before they head into fall camp. That time off, senior defensive lineman Desmond Scott said, is essential.

“It gave us a chance to get our bodies back together and prepare for the upcoming season,” he said. “So now we have a chance to take this little time off to get our minds right and our bodies back right and get ready for the fall camp.”

Friday night marked the Owls first spring game since 2019, and it was also the program’s first time having the event in April, compared to mid-March, and it seemed to draw its largest crowd yet.

With it being a true spring routine, Bohannon said he felt it was a good one.

“I think we’ve had a productive spring in our 14 practices,” he said. “When you’re going through the spring, really what you are doing is taking each piece and fundamentally getting that piece better, and in the fall, you work towards putting the whole, all those pieces and parts, together. So I think ultimately that is what spring is about.”

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