Monday was the first day of conditioning for Connecticut high school football teams that elected not to take days in the spring.
A whole slew of area teams started Monday, including Holy Cross. The Crusaders have some extra excitement building with the first home game on campus coming on Sept. 10 against Kennedy.
Holy Cross football posted this on Twitter after Day 1:
Great opening day for Holy Cross. The young men & the staff are committed & focused for 2016 🏈 #HCFootball #cthsfb
Crosby also had its opening day of conditioning. The Bulldogs have reason to be excited, given they are the defending NVL Brass Division champions. This was posted by Crosby football on Twitter:
Tremendous first day! The season has begun. Players positive, enthusiastic, & committed. Keep it going and true success will follow.
Bristol Central head coach Jeff Papazian instructed his players to be be ready in a Twitter post on Aug. 13:
Be on time, be prepared, be ready to work
Another local team starting on Monday was Bristol Eastern. It's a new beginning for the Lancers, who are led by former player turned head coach Anthony (A.J.) Julius. Julius takes over for Paul Philippon, who coached for one year in his second stint with Eastern.
This was the post on the Bristol Eastern athletics Twitter account:
Lancer football getting things going after a summer of lifting. Let's go fellas!
The Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech co-op began its conditioning at Municipal Stadium's Ray Snyder Sr. Field.
St. Paul Catholic was also scheduled to begin conditioning on Monday, according to gametimect.com