The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves began preseason football practice Monday morning with one purpose in mind.
One of the keys early for coach Adam Lowrey is getting the Timberwolves back in shape and the minds back on the game.
"It's hard to think about school and football when you are so excited to be out for the summer," Lowrey said. "Focusing on work is the thing we're looking to do this week."
After considering postponing the start of practice a day or two, Lowrey decided to go ahead and join other schools for the first official day high schools can begin drills.
Lowrey doesn't anticipate doing a great amount of teaching in the preseason because the spring and summer has been devoted to studying the playbook.
"They are going to retain from spring and summer because we've been practicing all summer seven-on-seven," Lowrey said. "We don't do a whole lot and are real simple. The skilled position players are really going to know what to do and we've just got to bring some things back to the memory of the linemen with the three or four assignments they do so we'll be right."
West Oktibbeha will continue morning practices until school starts and are planning to host a jamboree on Friday, Aug. 14. Lowrey said the possibility exists the jamboree could be moved up one day.
The Timberwolves open the season with three straight road games, starting at West Lowndes on Aug. 20.