The Clover High School football team led by coach Chad Smith launches preseason football practice with Midnight Madness Friday morning at Memorial Stadium.
The event is being held at Memorial Stadium to allow work crews time to finish the installation of artificial turf at the lighted CHS practice field.
“Our preseason practices will be held at the stadium until the turf is completed,” said Smith. “We hope to return to the practice field by Monday.”
CHS athletic director Carroll Hester said earlier this week that the practice field turf is nearing completion. “They are putting the finishing touches on the project,” Hester said.
In addition to the practiced field improvements, artificial turf is being installed at the soccer practice field a short distance away. The new turf will be installed at Memorial Stadium for the 2015 high school football season.
“The kids are excited about Midnight Madness,” said Smith. “We encourage the fans to come out and watch our team kick off the preseason.”
Smith said the Blue Eagle players are more physically fit entering the preseason than last year.
“There’s a world of difference from a physical standpoint,” Smith said from a coaches clinic in Greenville Monday. “The kids have spent a year and a half in the weight room.”
The Blue Eagles have two away 9 a.m. scrimmages, Aug. 8 at Broome and Aug. 11 at Chapman, before the team’s participation in the Pickens Jamboree at 8 p.m. Aug. 15.
“The scrimmages and jamboree will help us prepare for the regular season,” said Smith. “Anytime the players are hitting someone else in the preseason, it’s good for the team.”