WMBD/WYZZ-TV - CHILLICOTHE, Ill. - Three days into high school football practice and players can finally hit.
Players were allowed to wear shoulder pads in workouts for the first time Wednesday, two days after practice officially kicked off throughout the state.
Noah Gould/IVC senior: "We're being let off the leash a little bit, get to hit a little harder," said IVC senior quarterback Noah Gould. " In helmets, you've got to slow things down, the learning process. But now that we have shoulder pads on we can start going hard and get close to finally getting ready."
Teams won't be able to be in full pads until Saturday.
It feels awesome to finally get to hit a little bit," said Tremont senior Cole Lenington. "We still can't full-on tackle but we get a little contact in today. That's a good thing."
The first night of games in Illinois is Aug. 29.