Even through 100 degree temperatures, practice continues at Savannah Country Day.
Each player knows the sweat now, will be worth it this season.
"We're the only ones practicing in the heat, gives us heart," says Quarterback Craig Novack. "Come the 4th quarter friday nights we'll be better conditioned and used to tired so we'll all get together as a team and beat them in the 4th quarter."
The Hornets beat a lot of teams last year.
They finished the regular season 7-4 before dropping a 14-7 heartbreaker to Wilcox County in the state playoffs.
But most of that team is gone.
17 Seniors graduated, 17 freshman take their place.
Athletic Director Mike Carswell now takes over the team, leading a staff of four new coaches.
All those changes mean every drill becomes key.
"We have to be fundamentally sound, well disciplined to be successful," says first year coach Carswell. "We're a small school but we have kids with big hearts. Well disciplined and they don't give up."
But already these players have come together as a team. An important development for a school who will usually be outsized, but will use their minds and hearts to make it through.
"We have to work hard to be able to perform Friday nights because we're never going to be the biggest or strongest, especially out here," according to Fullback Travis Carter.
"We know we're not the biggest or strongest, never have been," says Offensive Guard Sam Johnson. "Or the fastest for that matter. But we want to win like everyone else does and we know we have to do more than just about everyone else does. That's what we try to do."
"I like to think we're like the gnats in Savannah," laughs Coach Carswell. "We have 11 people to the football all the time, and we're annoying."
And Country Day hopes that buzz will lead them to an area title.
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