By Jana Rayburn
Texas high school football is kind of like that Texas Aggie saying, "From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can't explain it." Yes, high school football is a really big deal in Texas, and 6-man football is getting more attention every year.
Football season will begin for most schools across Texas on Aug. 7, as two-a-days officially start on that date. However, many young men have been taking advantage of open weight rooms this summer, as they know that every edge they can gain before two-a-days will be crucial in their development as an athlete. Practice will start with conditioning, and full-contact may begin at the end of the week.
You would be hard-pressed to find someone more excited about the start of this season than Chester's head coach, Jeremy Wooten.
Wooten is counting down the days until he can get his team on the field and get to work. Wooten said he will have a team meeting on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. Two-a-day workouts will begin the next morning at 8 a.m.
Senior Cooper Bendy is looking forward to his last year as a Yellowjacket. Bendy has taken advantage of the open gym and weight room this summer, and feels the summer workouts have helped him get stronger.
Senior Seth Read has also put in work this summer. Read is ready for the challenges he and his team will face this upcoming season.
"I think the biggest challenge this year will be for us older guys to step up and fill the leadership roles," Read said. "It will also be tough for the younger guys, who until this year have not gotten that 'on field' experience yet."
Read is looking forward to playing for Coach Wooten. He believes that Wooten will bring the team closer together.
Junior J.T. Martin is realistic about the upcoming challenges the team will face.
"We lost our quarterback, running back, and a great receiver. The backfield will have big shoes to fill without Colten Martin and Cord Neal, who graduated this past June," he said.
Martin has been working hard this summer to get stronger and faster, and says he is ready to get the team together and get to work.
These three agree that this season will not be without its challenges, but with Wooten leading them, they believe that the team will bond together and have a great time.
Chester will have two full weeks of practice before they scrimmage Damon High School at Aubry Bradley Stadium Friday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.