As the sun creeped upward in a cloudless Lutz sky Monday, new Steinbrenner coach Andres Perez instructed his players to take a knee on the dew-slickened grass around him.
He stressed heightened tempo and toughness, and an attention to detail. It was 7:30 a.m.
"These coaches got up just as early as you did," Perez told the 50 or so Warriors kneeling before him. "You work for them and they'll work for you."
With that, football season in Hillsborough County formally began.
From Lutz to Lennard, hundreds of bay area players got to work before many of their parents did. Today is the first day Florida's high school football teams can begin practicing.
From now until mid-December, it's strictly 11-on-11. Teams can start practicing in pads on Thursday, with preseason contests slated two weeks from Friday.
We HomeTeamers will be out and about all day...and all week...heck, all month.