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Conditioning prepares players for heat of gridiron in August

Coaches say the summer conditioning training in its third week at Briarwood Academy should prepare the football players for the heat of August.

The evening weightlifting training includes the varsity football and basketball teams. The middle school football teams train in the late afternoons.

Football coach and athletic director John Osborn said players took one week off from training after the school year. They will work out until Fourth of July week, take two weeks off, and then jump right into the fall program.

"It gives my coaches a break, it gives me a break," Osborn said.

Osborn said it's no coincidence that the weightlighting shed does not have air conditioning. "It's important to be in the heat and the sun all summer," he said. When the heat of August arrives, Osborn said, he won't worry about the players who have been practicing in June and July. "I don't worry about them a much as I do those I haven't seen," he said.

He said the later practice time is important for the varsity players. "Some of these guys work, they have outside jobs," Osborn said.

The coach said football games are not won in the fall; they are won in January through August, when players condition themselves for game nights.

Osborn said the first scrimmage will be at home Aug. 11 against John Milledge Academy, and the first game at home Aug. 26 against Edmund Burke Academy.

Osborn, who is in his fourth year at the helm, said he expects about 18 to 20 players to make the roster.

That means the line will play offense and defense, which makes the conditioning even more important, he said.

Basketball coach and JV football coach Bo Fleming also is in his fourth year. The 2000 Briarwood graduate said his basketball squad will see action as early as next week. The squad will play nine games in three days, Monday through Wednesday, at John Milledge Academy. "It'll be some good practice," he said.

The JV football team suits up Aug. 25 against Thomas Jefferson Academy. "I'm ready to go ahead and get started," Fleming said.

Web posted on Thursday, June 09, 2011

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