MP football camp begins
School doesn’t start until Aug. 19, but the Mt. Pleasant football players are getting an early start with the camp that started this morning.
“We’re working on learning right now,” said Shawn Striegel, first-year varsity head coach. “We’re installing a new defense, new offense, so we’ve got a lot of learning to do — it’s like a classroom in the grass.”
Instead of lectures and quizzes, however, the Panthers have drills and games. This morning on the practice field at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex, the high school players were racing to flip tires and battling in a tug of war.
Striegel is looking forward to working with the players in his first year at the helm.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I have great coaches to work with and the great kids who listen really well. I’m excited to be part of the tradition that is Mt. Pleasant football, and to lead it is almost surreal.”
Camp will run through the end of the week, with middle school players taking their turn in the afternoons.
Official practice begins on Monday, Aug. 12, and the players can practice with shoulder pads starting on day three. Day six — Saturday, for the Panthers — marks the start of full practice.
The Panthers open the season at Marion on Aug. 30, and play their first home game on Sept. 6 against Ottumwa.