Today was Media Day for the Bedford Kicking Mules football program. Freshmen started at the crack of dawn. Well, ok, it was at 8 am, but they had to be there by 7:30 and I was up later than anticipated last night, helping to assemble the programs for today's festivities.
We couldn't have asked for a nicer day! The morning started out nice and crisp, and while it warmed up, the temperature on the field was still comfortable for the boys. The atmosphere was upbeat as well. The varsity kids spent the earlier part of the week together at "camp," and it was obvious that they have bonded. They were very much a team rather than a group of individual football players. Success has eluded the varsity for, oh, the past 60 years or so. Here's hoping that this group of kids can start the turn around point, and that the next 60 years will be as successful for the football program as the wrestling program has been.
The freshman and JV teams also looked good. It's clear that the off-season conditioning has been a bonus. It will be fun to watch both of these teams this year.
Marching band gave us a bit of a preview as well. They played the fight song up and down the sideline just after the varsity finished their scrimmage. The absolute highlight of the day came when all of the varsity players sang the BHS fight song. "Cheer Cheer for old Bedford High..." Learning this was part of the program up at "camp" this week--Coach Wood insisted that they know it. They sang without hesitation and fairly well in tune. Somehow, it was very touching--and very cool.
Two weeks til the first game. Good luck boys! We're all proud of you.