July 28, 2003
Valdosta- High School football coaches say the real work on the practice field doesn't begin until their players put on their pads.
The pads went on today for high school football teams in the state of Georgia.
Down at Valdosta High, new Wildcats head coach Rick Darlington is easing his squad into their contract work.
Valdosta worked out in helmet pads and shorts today with full pad practices scheduled tomorrow and Thursday.
Darlington says the real hitting will take place next week at camp which this year sees the Cats return to Twin Lakes for the first time since the mid 1980's.
While the new coach may be restoring one tradition, he is changing offensive and defensive systems that Valdosta has been running for almost three decades.
Rick Darlington said "It is a new way of doing things but at the same time I think we are working very hard and I know that Valdosta is known for working very hard. So, I think that things are going to be fine and I think the kids and the coaches are picking up everything pretty good."
Newscenter 10 sports annual pre-season high school football previews will begin next Monday.
We will post a schedule of our upcoming previews later this week on WALB.com.