Football season arrives with start of practice

Local high schools welcome new, returning players
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Hoots and hollers, whistles, hand clapping and more filled the air, in the cool, comfortable morning, the warm afternoon and under the light of the moon.

High school football practice began Monday, and the atmosphere was unmistakable.

Coaches rode around in golf carts from station to station and barked instructions. The teams met at midfield for pep talks.

School colors ruled their turf, from Granite Bay green to two tones of blue at Oakmont, dominant orange at Roseville and maroon at Woodcreek and Valley Christian Academy.

Everyone, it seemed, was happy to be on the field practicing and coaching or on the sidelines observing.

“Oh yeah, I’m excited about every year,” Woodcreek coach John Hildebrand said.

The teams will be allowed to put on pads Wednesday for the first time.

Four of the five teams have only 16 more days of practice before starting their seasons, sprinkling in scrimmages to see where they stand.

Woodcreek again will play Lincoln on Aug. 26 in Week Zero, and Valley Christian jumps right into league play with a game at Woodland Christian. Granite Bay will travel to Sparks, Nev., to play Reed in a repeat of their 2010 opener, and Roseville joins the Week Zero schedule by playing host to Segerstrom of Santa Ana on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Only Oakmont will wait until Week One, when it plays its opener at Foothill.

Another football season has arrived.

In Wednesday's editions of the Press Tribune: Sports Editor Bill Poindexter and Photo Editor Philip Wood report on opening day from all five camps.