EAST BEND — Midnight madness was a serious, yet jovial, occasion under the lights at Forbush High School early Friday morning.
More than 40 players calmly made their way from the locker room to the dark path behind the football stadium to the practice fields before 60 fans as a misty rain fell.
Shorts, shirts, and helmets were the order of the night as the Falcons await Monday to put on the pads.
Coach Chris Johnson’s voice boomed over the softball outfield and the football practice field as he watched punters and kickers vie for jobs on both the varsity and junior varsity level.
A wet ball made for interesting snaps and some even more interesting punts and kickoffs.
Johnson said, without being in pads, the team accomplished what it could and that was mainly taking an extensive look at special teams players - especially would-be kickers and punters. While some kickers and punters got an extended look and locked themselves into first-string and backup roles, more wound up being “fired” after only one or two kicks.
That done, the first two offenses - both varsity and junior varsity - ran through plays and the clock moved toward 1 a.m.
Forbush will scrimmage at West Wilkes Aug. 11 and with Hickory and Mount Airy at Alexander Central Aug. 15.
The Falcons open the 2014 at home with Elkin.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.