Indian Football opens fall practice

The Jacksonville High School freshman football team hit the Happy Valley practice field Monday afternoon and wasted no time in going to work. A healthy number, topping out around 45 young men, were on hand for Day 1 of fall drills. The Indian junior varsity and varsity teams took the field in the early evening.

The Jacksonville Fightin' Indians opened preseason training camp on Monday at their Happy Valley training grounds.

The Tribe are the laast of the local and area schools to begin fall workouts, due to the fact that the team held spring practice, and according to University Interscholastic league guidelines, Monday was the first day that the team could workout.

About 45 freshmen hit the well-manicured field at Happy Valley in the late afternoon, with the varsity and junior varsity squads getting on the field in the early evening.

Jacksonville will work out in shorts and t-shirts through Thursday and will don pads for the first time on Friday.

The Tribe's only scrimmage will take place at a time to be announced on Aug. 23 at the Historic Tomato bowl, with Bullard to provide the opposition.

The regular season opener will also be held inside the Tomato Bowl, with the Carthage Bulldogs set to invade on Aug. 30.

Kick off will take place at 7:30 p.m.