KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Three Ridges golf course in North Knoxville was overrun on Friday morning by high school football players for the annual Knoxville Football Officials Association media day. This, despite the fact that the official start of summer was less than three weeks ago and the fourth of July was just last weekend. Regardless, it is already high school football time in Tennessee.
“I’m excited. It’s good to see all the progress you made during workouts and see it on the field,” said Central senior Stephen Trewhitt. “I love it.”
“Definitely excitement is the word I’d use,” said Webb running back and safety Alexander Berube. “There’s a limited time we get to be out here and play the game with some of our best friends so while we have the chance to enjoy this moment, we should.” But not everyone is convinced an early start is positive.
“I don’t know that it’s a good thing. You’ve got 16-18 year old boys and they need to be teenagers,” said Morristown West head coach Lamar Brown.
Brown was backed up by Webb head coach David Meske, “When all of a sudden you’re practicing the week after the fourth of July week, I think that’s crazy. I think these kids need to enjoy the summer.”
Maryville head coach George Quarles added, “It’s gotten earlier and earlier, just like everything. Everything kind of speeds up, it seems.” Ready or not, these teams will be in full pads by the end of July and we’re just 6 weeks away from Friday Night Hits.