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Milton football player Allen Walker leads the team to field before contest.

The first week of the 2019 prep football season will begin on August 23 but preparations have already begun for local programs with summer workouts. Many of the programs started on June 3.

The summer workouts also allow the players to adjust to the outdoor conditions when training camp and conditioning starts on July 25.

“We hope to improve our size, strength, and team between now and when practice officially starts at the end of July,” Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. “We also spend a good bit of time outside during these training days which allows players to safely acclimate to the summer heat.” The Wolves won seven contests and advanced to the second round of the postseason in 2018.

Wesleyan opens its 2019 campaign at home against Meadowcreek.

Milton had its best season in program history in 2018 culminating with winning the Class 7A state championship.

“We’ll continue to evaluate our personnel, teach and install our schemes,” Eagles head coach Adam Clack said. “ We utilize summer workouts and competition to promote our core values (Brotherhood-Effort-Toughness) and prepare us physically/mentally for the upcoming season.

Milton opens the season against Buford.

Fellowship Christian earned 10 wins and reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs last season.

“The team has been working since the end of the school year,” Paladins head coach Al Morrell said. “We will continue working out right up to the beginning of official practice at the end of July. Our goal is always to continue to improve and to make a deeper run into the playoffs. In spite of only having six seniors on the team, we’re optimistic about next season with a number of young returning starters from last year’s squad.”

Fellowship hosts North Springs to open its 2019 season.

St. Francis won five games last season which was the most in a single campaign since 2014.

“Our main goal is to get out on the field for some conditioning and practice time, basically to get used to the heat,” Knights head coach Frank Barden said. “Anytime we can work out as a team it serves as a building block for the team we will put on the field this fall.”

St. Francis visits North Cobb Christian to open the new season.

King’s Ridge saw the return of head coach Jeff Pickren to the program last season. He previously led the Tigers from 2008 through 2015.

“We are looking to get stronger, faster and in better shape,” Pickren said. “We are participating in seven-on-seven drills with other schools in hopes of our kids getting a better understanding of our offensive and defensive schemes.”

King’s Ridge opens its 2019 season against Riverside Military Academy.

Roswell won nine contests and a region title in 2018. The Hornets look to build on that success this summer.

“We may be a little different than other programs in that we lift five days per week,” Roswell head coach Matt Kemper said. “We believe strongly that strength is the basis of everything that we do. We divide our summer into three phases, each with specific goals in mind. The first phase is the month of June in which we are training energy systems specific to football. We concentrate on football specific movements and training those energy systems. The second phase occurs after the ‘Dead Week’ around the Fourth of July when our emphasis will shift more to conditioning our student-athletes to be prepared for the rigors of training camp. During this phase we will concentrate more on developing a true conditioning base. The final phase of summer is in late July and early August when we go through our mandatory acclimatization phase in helmets specifically practicing our system of football and maintaining the conditioning base we have developed through our July training.”

Kemper added that “throughout all these phases we are constantly striving to develop team chemistry, foster leadership abilities and encourage comradery on our team.” The Hornets visit Campbell to open its 2019 season.

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