FALLBROOK –Local high school football athletes showed up for the official opening week of football practice July 31. Although the teams had practices during the summer months, both varsity and junior varsity athletes practice schedules ramped up to two practices a day to prepare for the start of the 2023 football season.
Both teams had their first scrimmages Aug. 11 at their home field, Fallbrook High School Football Stadium, and their first games of the season are in Vista Aug. 18.
Varsity head coach Ross Johnson explained, "Nine football practices in six days in the August heat is difficult. It is meant to be difficult. You learn who is determined to persevere through tough circumstances. That's the most important thing we all learn from the first week of practice. I'm pleased with what I've seen so far from the kids in our program. I believe we have a group that will continue to embrace the hard work so we can perform at a high level every Friday night."
Junior varsity head coach John Hollcraft said, "Opening week is a long tradition for high school football players that's challenging and not fun at times, but necessary for becoming a team. Wearing the same name on the front of your jersey and the same color helmet doesn't mean you're a team. Teams are developed with the trials and tribulations of the summer's work in hot uncomfortable conditions, when nobody else is watching. It's the moments when players feel like giving up or taking plays off, but instead look at their teammates for support and inspiration that makes a team. Many of our JV players are attending high school for the first time and don't know many people at the school. This time together gives them a chance to meet others in the same boat; some of which they will be friends with for decades to come. I am proud of the work our guys have put together so far as they have taken big steps forward in just a week. Now we get ready for a scrimmage against RBV to get a better idea of what we are working with as we prepare for our first game in Vista on Aug. 18."
To follow the Fallbrook High School Football Warriors season, visit https://www.maxpreps.com/ca/fallbrook/fallbrook-warriors/, for the most concise and up to date game schedule. Go Warriors!
Submitted by Fallbrook Football Boosters Club.