Bulldogs’ conditioning to end Friday under Liston lights
Baldwin football fans can get their first taste of the famed Friday night lights this week at Liston Stadium.
Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, members of the Baldwin High School football team will be participating in a special Bulldog Days' workout. It will be their final conditioning before practice starts Monday morning.
"It is kind of like that," Bulldog Days co-organizer George McCrary said. "That's kind of cliche, but it's true."
BHS coach Mike Berg said it will be a nice way for the community to get ready for football season. They can see how well conditioned the team is for the upcoming season.
"It's just an hour later," said Berg of comparing the game times to Friday's workout. "Instead of starting at 7 p.m., we're starting at 8 p.m. It will be a little bit cooler. We're trying to get the community out there to support the team and give them some encouragement. We will call it the pre-Bash. They can see what the football team looks like and cheer them on."
Friday's conditioning workout hasn't been specified yet, but McCrary said it will be a nice finale to the Bulldogs' summer conditioning.
"It will be the conclusion of our summer conditioning," Berg said. "George and Mike (Everett) haven't specified what it's going to be yet, but they said it's going to be one of the best workouts our kids have gone through this summer. It's just a conclusion for all of the hard work that they have done."
Although the workout will be held for the BHS players, anyone is welcome to join in, according to McCrary. He hopes to get community members, family and friends of the players to the stadium to support them Friday.
"We are going to have watermelon afterwards," McCrary said. "We are hoping friends and family come out to root for the guys and help them kick off their season."
Friday night will be the final Bulldog Days workout for most BHS players. However, McCrary said some of the players are considering attending during the early part of the season to do extra conditioning.
"Some of them are already talking about coming here to do conditioning even when football starts," McCrary said. "There are some people that are hardcore about it."
The event will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at Liston. The players will work out and then eat watermelon. McCrary hopes the conditioning helps build chemistry for the team before their first game Aug. 31 at home.
"We will have plenty of water and watermelons for the players," McCrary said. "We have about 20 watermelons lined up. Hopefully, they will gel as a team because conditioning does that to a team."