WATERFORD -Full contact won't begin for another few days, but several players from the Ohio squad for next week's Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic were anxious to get down to business.
A total of 17 of the expected 35-member roster attended Friday's first day of practice under the tutelage of Waterford head coach Chad Ross.
"I've wanted to do this since my freshman year, so it is really a dream come true for me," Warren down lineman Nathan Greathouse said. "I watched it when I was growing up and now I get to do it."
Photo by?Kerry Patrick
Waterford football coach Chad Ross, left, and Frontier quarterback Corey Fickiesen go through stretching exercises with the elastic bands Friday as the Ohio squad opened practice for next week’s BACF Football Classic.
Greathouse, who will be a freshman at Marietta College in the fall, couldn't wait to see how his knee had recovered from surgery last November to replace cartilage behind his knee cap.
The BACF game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff next Friday at Parkersburg High School's Stadium Field. The top seniors from the Mid-Ohio Valley oppose each other in an Ohio vs. West Virginia format.
Fort Frye running back/linebacker Colten Skinner has seen the turf at Stadium Field only once, but never experienced it live.
"It's going to be a big deal," Skinner said. "We don't have those type of facilities to play on. It's pretty impressive. I can't wait to get on it and see what we have going on."
The purpose of the BACF event was two-fold for Frontier quarterback/defensive back Corey Fickiesen.
"It's my last chance to play with my teammates and it's for a very good cause," Fickiesen explained. "I'm very good friends with (CF patient) Travis Flores and that's why I played in the BACF basketball game."