The 11 on 11 games will soon be here, but until those Friday nights arrive high school teams have been playing 7 on 7 tournaments to ready themselves.
The last couple weekends of the summer have been spent at football camps and practices.
As the players tune up their skills, they say the bonding has begun.
“It’s just crazy to believe that we’re going to be seniors this year, so definitely in the bonding- it’s always been together, but as seniors it’s just different because you’re all like older men, so you really have to mesh together,” said Mercer County running back Curtis VanWinkle.
Monmouth-Roseville head coach Jeremy Adolphson said the camps have helped with competitiveness and mental toughness.
Adolphson said the pre-season is also a good way for athletes to check out the competition and see how the other teams are at that stage in the season.
Official practices begin August 11 in both Illinois and Iowa.