Back on the grid: ’Jackets held 1st 2-a-day Monday

It seems like yesterday that Williamstown football coach Terry Smith was watching the likes of Jake Tracewell, Dakota Watson and Trace Hart suit up as pee wee football players for the Yellowjackets program.

Those same individuals are now the anchor of the backfield for Smith’s varsity unit.

“I was telling one of my coaches that I can’t believe Jake is a senior and Dakota is a junior,” Smith said. “Dakota was one of our ballboys, but now we are leaning on them pretty good.”

Williamstown opened two-a-days with a 7:30-9:30 a.m. session followed by a 12:30-2:30 p.m. session for the first week.

“I’m fired up,” Smith said. “I’m always pumped up. I know I have more fun practicing and preparing than I do for game night.”

The opening session went according to schedule with the exception of a few lapses during conditioning drills.

“We seem to be where we are supposed to be and where we are going – and that’s due to the leadership of the seniors,” Smith said.

The weather in the morning was ideal for all the sweating players suffered through. On one hand, that might be a bonus since water breaks were few and far between. On the other hand, opening night of the season tends to involve humidity.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Smith said. “I like it because you get more things done. But I also like it to be hot to make it harder on them right now.”

Williamstown’s scrimmages are set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 at Belpre against the Golden Eagles and Caldwell, and again at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23 at home against Liberty Harrison.