TEXOMA -- The Sherman Bearcats as well as high schools across Oklahoma got started Monday morning with two-a-days.
Sherman opted to participate in spring training, which allowed them to take the field with a limited practice for the first time today. They'll be able to go full-contact Friday.
Head coach Gary Kinne says waiting a week was worth it because of what they put in last April.
"I'd love to have started last week but we just felt like giving up 18 practices in the spring versus six practices in the fall, we just don't think it's worth it," he said, "We'd like to have started last week, and we considered it. But we just felt like there's so much work that can be done in the spring, we felt like that's the way to go."
Meanwhile in the Sooner state, teams like the Ada Cougars hit the ground running.
Their perfect season came to a halt in the State semi-final round against eventual champion Clinton. Ever since, they have been longing to get back on the grid.
"I was immediately thinking of this right here -- two-a-days," junior Cougar quarterback Tryce Prince said. "I went straight to my dad, started talking to coach Weber, from then on I've been ready to get out here and work."
Sherman will open at home against Little Elm Aug. 30, while Ada will host Ardmore in the Battle of the Cats Sept. 6.
Texas previews can be found on our First and Ten page.
Oklahoma previews will begin Aug. 13.