The Boonville Pirates football team donned pads for the first time on Saturday at Gene Reagan field.
While spending most of the week wearing shells and helmets, first-year coach Greg Hough put the Pirates through the rigors Saturday for a two and a half hour practice.
Although the practice was cut about 20 minutes short, Hough said he saw some good things from the players. “I will watch the film and evaluate it,” Hough said. “Even though I cut the practice short I truly believe that it’s never as good as you think it is and never as bad as you think it is. We’re fine, though. I think the kids are tired. We put them a tough practice on Thursday so I just think they are sore and tired.”
After practice, the moms got their chance to shine. With approximately 30 mothers in attendance, the moms learned their son’s positions and went through a series of stretches and drills before breaking up into groups with the coaches.
And while the temperature exceeded 90 degrees at the time of the clinic, the temperature was well over 100 degrees on the turf field. But the moms endured the extreme heat to find out what it was like to go through what their sons go through during a daily practice.
The dads also on a social hour later in the evening to watch game film and see how the coaches break down film.
Hough said approximately 25 dads took part in the social.
“It was great opportunity for us coaches, especially Coach Paul Stevens and I to put some faces with names,” Hough said. “The players always enjoy being on the field with their moms doing the mom’s clinic. As you sit back and watch you see a lot of smiles and laughs and that’s what it’s all about. During the dad’s clinic we just wanted to share what we do offensively and defensively. We watched film as if the dads  were the kids. We corrected and completed the good, the bad and the ugly. All in all it’s been a very busy week for us and Saturday brought good closure to the first week.”
The Boonville Pirates football team will compete in a three-team Jamboree on Friday, August 17th at Odessa starting at 6 p.m.
After the Jamboree on Friday, the Pirates will gear up for the season opener on Friday, August 24th against the Pleasant Hill Roosters at Gene Reagan field starting at 7 p.m.
Boonville will also be home the following week against the Holden Eagles on Friday, August 31.
Boonville’s first game in the Tri-County Conference will come during Week 3 of the season at Class 3 powerhouse Blair Oaks on Friday, Sept. 7. Then, after a home game against the California Pintos on Friday, Sept. 14,  which is also Homecoming, Boonville will be on the road for two games against School of the Osage on Friday, Sept. 21 and Versailles on Friday, Sept. 28. The Pirates will host the Eldon Mustangs for a Week 7 game at the BHS Sports Complex on Friday, Oct 5. Meanwhile, after going on the road in Week 8 against the Hallsville Indians on Friday, Oct. 12, Boonville will be at home in the regular season finale for Senior-Parents Night on Friday, Oct. 19 against Southern Boone of Ashland.
The first round of the district playoffs will begin on Friday, Oct. 26.
Note: District assignments for all fall sports will be released on Friday, August 17.