July 18, 2005
Albany - The middle of July is when most fans are usually talking football.
But in Georgia, it is time for high school football teams to hit the field for the first practice of the season.
The Westover High Patriots are among hundreds of teams around the state hitting the field Monday evening.
The first week in Georgia is for conditioning where players can only wear helmets and shorts.
Coaches will spend this week getting their troops in shape for next week when the pads go on.
The Westover Patriots are coming off two straight trips to the state playoffs and last year Westover made it to the second round.
Westover coaches know the work that takes place over the next several weeks will go a long way in determining whether the Patriots can make it three straight postseason appearances.
Westover head coach Jeff Caldwell said "That is what we have tried to press up them. It is no longer hoping we get into the playoffs. It is now expected. And hopefully they will take that by the horns and that what we do will pay off."
Each team can have up to two preseason scrimmages before the regular season kicks off in four weeks.