ARDMORE, OK ----From the sights and sounds out at Ardmore's practice field this week, you might think that it's late August.
But in fact, it's only early July and two-a-days don't kick off for another month...but don't tell that to the Ardmore Tigers and Plainview Indians.
"Anytime after July 4th rolls around, it's football season," Ardmore head football coach, Doug Wendel said,
For the last few days the Tigers and Indians have put on the pads and helmets and practiced together at Ardmore high school. And with Plainview being just up the road from Ardmore, the competition level is at an all-time high.
"It gets pretty heated between us sometimes but that's what makes it fun. And keeps the friendships going I guess," Plainview rising Senior quarterback, Taber Jordan said.
"We always play them in everything, football, baseball, basketball so we always try to beat them," Ardmore rising Senior receiver/safety, Carter Swanson said.
Camps like this one are invaluable because the give coaches an early look at what they will have to work with in the upcoming season.
"When you get a chance to put on shoulder pads and helmet and work on the game of football, it creates an opportunity of comradery, hopefully, teamwork and getting better as an individual leading into the fall. It also gives us a lot of evaluation opportunities as coaches to see where we are right now," Plainview head football coach, Chris Berus said.
"We got a lot better through this week but it is a great tool to evaluate your number twos to see who is a number two. To see your strengths and weaknesses, it's much better than going against yourself in spring ball. So this was a very positive week for us," Wendel said.
Now for most people, the idea of strapping on shoulder pads and putting on a helmet, in the middle of July in 100 degree heat, doesn't sound too exciting. But for these Plainview Indians and Ardmore Tigers, it just means they're one step closer to football season.