By Will Nations
PHEBA â€” The countdown toward the first high school football games in Mississippi is getting closer as Hebron Christian is attempting to do the most with the remaining 11 Fridays before kickoff.
The Eagles, defending District 7-A champions and MAIS eight-man North State runner-ups, started summer workouts under third-year head coach David Foster Monday at HCS. The pieces are available to create a winning puzzle, but Foster said determination in the weight room is only way to put the results together this fall.
"I thought we had a good start," Foster said. "The players that were here tonight pushed themselves. We need some more of our guys to show up and put in the work before August."
Starting quarterback and linebacker Channing Tapley looked forward to getting back into the swing of football workouts. For the players, summer workouts are a great time to get back into game shape, according to Tapley, a junior.
"It was rough," Tapley said of the first workout. "We have to get back into game shape. We need a few more of us to get into the weight room.
"We also need to get back into rhythm with our plays," Tapley added.
Foster watched his players perform upper-body lifts and pushed their heart rates with various exercises on the track Monday.
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