Fall training camps open for area football squads

A group of Bullard defensive players are pictured in action on Monday morning when the Panthers opened fall camp at 7 a.m. at Panther Stadium. Monday was the first day teams governed by the UIL could practice.

Most of the area schoolboy football teams were back at work on Monday, as the start of fall drills opened up for schools under the University Interscholastic League (UIL) umbrella.

The Jacksonville Indians will have to wait a week to get things rolling as a result of holding spring practice.

Brook Hill, a TAPPS member school, got under way on Thursday.

Bullard launched its preparations for the season opener (Aug. 30, vs. Pine Tree at Panther Stadium) early Monday morning.

The Panthers have a new quarterback, Tristen Shewmake, a transfer from Jacksonville, under center this season.

Bullard is predicted as a playoff team out of District 7-4A-II.

Scott Calloway serves as Panther head coach.

Rusk is scheduled to hit the field late this afternoon (coaches were attending in-service meetings earlier in the day).

The Jowell Hancock-coached Eagles are the preseason favorites to repeat as District 7-4A-II champions.

The Eagles return 14 players from last season, including quarterback Jaylon Hall.

Troup is slated to workout for the first time shortly after 6 p.m. tonight at Tiger Stadium.

Optimism is high in Troup after the team posted a 10-win season in 2018.

Head coach John Eastman is expected to welcome back 14 starters off of last year's club.

Bullard, Rusk and Troup will work out in shorts and t-shirts for the first four days of practice before donning pads on Friday, the first day that full contact is allowed by the UIL.

Bullard is schedule to visit Jacksonville on Aug. 23 for its lone preseason scrimmage.

Rusk will travel to Tatum on Aug. 16 for the first of its two dress rehearsals, and Troup will scrimmage Sabine in Liberty City on Aug. 15, before entertaining Union Grove the following week.

Scrimmage times are to be announced.