TEXOMA -- It has been a long summer for a lot of high school football players north of the Red River. But day one of fall practice would finally come.
"I was excited. It was 5:30 in the morning but I was ready to go. It's real good to be back with these guys, it's been a long summer but we've been working hard. We're just excited to get the opportunity to come in here as a team and see what we can do," Ada senior quarterback Tryce Prince said.
"Man, it's just good being out here with my team. We're all out here working hard," Ardmore senior corner back Kevion McGee added.
For the Class of 2015 today would be the last first day of practice.
"Oh man, bittersweet. I like it, no more hot, hot; but then again, I'm going to miss it," Dickson senior running back Chris Bamberg said.
"It feels good just being out here again, and going through practice and realizing it's my last practice...it feels good," Ardmore senior offensive and defensive lineman Michael Nichols added.
The bar is set high for many area teams and they've got their eyes on the prize.
"That's our main goal right now, just to do well in districts and to make the playoffs and once we get there just to execute and do what we need to do, especially for us seniors, it's a big deal for us," Madill senior quarterback Colton Clement added.
"We've been just working so hard in the offseason and last season as well, getting ready for this. Because we have high expectations, people have high expectations for us and to come back and show them a great season, that would be awesome," Caddo senior end Chris Gerlach concluded.