WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - Summer is over, football has arrived.
High school football teams opened practice across the state on Monday, two days earlier than the typical mid-week start to practice.
"All through summer, we're working hard and lifting," said Metamora senior defensive back Brady Fairfield. "Now there's a chance for a payoff and show everybody what we're made of."
The Illinois High School Association moved up the start of practice to second Monday in August this year. Opening night of games in Aug. 29.
Josh Kirshenbaum/Normal Community senior: "We only have 18 days until game day," said Normal Community senior quarterback Josh Kirshenbaum. "That's alwasy exciting. It's not summer workouots any more. It's finally real football."
Players are only allowed to practice in helmets the first two days. On Wednesday, they can add shoulder pads to the mix.
The day of fully-padded practice is Saturday.
"It's really exciting, senior year," said Notre Dame senior running back Andy Shadid. "I'm really trying to have fun with every practice, try to do my all and get the most out of my senior year."