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The chin straps were buckled, and the helmets were on. The sun beat down, heating up the practice fields behind Hamblin Stadium as the Green Wave football team touched its cleats on to grass for the first time in August.
It is football season.
The Wave opened its fall football practices Monday at West Point High School. West Point head coach Chris Chambless said the first practice went as smooth as anybody could have anticipated.
The first practices of the seasons are performed in T-shirt and shorts, and players, however, are allowed to wear their helmets. Monday represented the first day of practice for Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) football teams.
â€śItâ€™s hard to tell how the players did without the full gear on,â€ť Chambless said. â€śIt is important to keep them moving during these walkthrough days. Iâ€™m a full-gear type of guy, I think football is played and practiced in full gear. But I still thought we got a goodpractice in Monday (despite not having full gear).â€ť
Chambless said he is stressing to his team three things in the preseason: accountability, character and responsibility.
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