After spending the past week watching other area schools hit the practice field, Guyer, Lake Dallas and Braswell will begin preseason practice Monday.
The three schools conducted 3 1/2 weeks of spring practice in late April and early May, and Monday is the first day for schools who participated in spring ball to begin workouts. The teams will practice in helmets and shorts until Friday, when UIL rules allow the first full padded practice.
"I'm just looking forward to hit the ground running," Braswell coach Cody Moore said. "I feel the work we did in spring football and over summer prepared us more than we were at this time a year ago."
The Bengals took advantage of the extra practice time in the spring with their entire varsity roster returning from the program's inaugural varsity season.
Although there still are some position battles going on that will carry out throughout the next few weeks of practice leading up to the team's Aug. 31 season opener against Haslet Eaton, Moore is comfortable with where the team stands going heading into Monday.
"Our depth chart isn't fully set, but we know what our players can do and where they need to be," Moore said. "Things are in place and now all we have to do is execute."
Guyer set to move on from Cain, Mason
For Guyer, spring practice gave coach John Walsh an opportunity to evaluate his options at running back after the program lost two 1,000 yard rushers from last season — Noah Cain to Florida's IMG Academy and Myron Mason to graduation.
Cain, the No. 2 running back in the class of 2019 according 247Sports, had 2,766 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons with the Wildcats. Mason combined to rush for 2,140 yards and 28 touchdowns in his junior and senior year.
Spring practice offered a glimpse at two guys the Wildcats will rely on to fill those holes — sophomore Kaedric Cobbs and junior Devin Jefferson. Cobbs shined in the team's spring game with 147 total yards and a touchdown after transferring in from Melissa, while Jefferson returns as a speedy back who saw limited action behind Cain and Mason as a sophomore last year.
The duo will hit the field again tomorrow as the new focus of Walsh's run-heavy offensive attack.
"The good news about doing spring ball is you don't have to practice a whole extra week in August, but the bad news is there is football going on and you haven't started yet," Walsh said. "We're ready and our kids are prepared. Those guys are ready to go."
Lake Dallas rolls with Depperschmidt under center
While all eyes at Guyer were on the backfield in the spring, Lake Dallas spent most of its time evaluating a heated quarterback battle between highly-touted sophomore Drew Sanders and junior Ryan Depperschmidt.
The decision essentially was made for the Falcons when Sanders' dad took a job on staff at Colleyville Heritage in July. Depperschmidt, who threw for 698 yards and eight touchdowns while splitting time last year, enters tomorrow with the starting job in hand.
"Whenever you're splitting reps like that at any position, it makes it a little bit hard sometimes," coach Michael Young said. "It's good to have competition, but it can take away quite a few reps. We hate to see Drew go, but I know it's going to help Ryan quite a bit to get more reps in practice starting Monday."
The Falcons will look to pick up right where they left off in the spring as the program aims to return to the playoffs after falling short of the postseason for the first time since 2013.
"We're ready to go," Young said. "We won't have to do a whole lot of installing and should be pretty far into our playbook. A lot of what this part will be about is getting ourselves in football shape as quick as we can."