Area high schools start football practice

Photo by Daniel Gretzner
The Wyandotte Roosevelt football team takes the field for its first practice of 2012. The Bears are defending champs in the Downriver League.

With summer family vacations coming to a close for young and old alike, can high school football be far away? Aug. 6 marked the opening day of prep football practice, on the local front as well as throughout the state of Michigan.

“Focus on Sports” visitited the opening of drills at Wyandotte Roosevelt. The Bears are defending grid champions of the Downriver League. Challenging teams this season that hope to dethrone the Bears include Trenton, Southgate Anderson and Woodhaven. Season openers for area high school squads are on tap for late August.

In the meantime, in Dearborn, all three public high schools opened up their practice sessions on fields scattered throughout the city. Edsel Ford, Fordson and Dearborn High all participate in the Blue Division of the Western Wayne Athletic Association. Football activity, offense and defense are at the forefront as the local athletes get ready for another slam-bang season.

Action in the parochial school ranks has opened up with Dearborn Divine Child and Riverview Gabriel Richard making preparations for Detroit Catholic League competition. Both teams should do well in their respective divisions. DC has a new head coach and the Falcons are looking ahead to improving their so-so 2011 seasonal mark.

Ron Adams, head coach at Wyandotte, has a good feeling about his 2012 squad.

“We have a solid bunch of seniors that helps give us high expectations of once again being a dominate force in our Downriver League,” he said.

The blue and gold Bears have been highly competitive since Adams took over the coaching duties a few years back. They are a perennial state playoff team and Adams runs a balanced attack. This year, he may well have all the horses to again take the top spot in the Downriver League.

One thing for sure, alumni and students of the various teams all have renewed hope that their school will win more games than they lose and capture a grid title.

Right now, practice is letting the coaching staff know who are the seasoned athletes and what raw rookies coming in have the talent to make the cut and play at the varsity level. The challenge for positions is something new each year before the first game of the season gets underway.