Midnight Madness for High School Football Team

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COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio  -- You know the old saying, "While the competition is sleeping, we're working."  One high school football team took that statement to heart and got a jump-start on the competition as high school football practice officially began.

"How about a 'Win the Day' on three," shouted Coventry High School head football coach Jerami Hodgkinson.  "One, two, three! 'Win the Day! Let's go baby," the Coventry football team responded.

July 30th marked the first official day high school football teams can begin two-a-day practices.

"Midnight practice, this is what it is all about, we've been waiting all year for this," Hodgkinson said. "Our motto this year is Win the Day, and there is no better way to show our dedication than winning the day at Midnight."

This is the first time Coventry High School has ever held a practice at midnight.

"I was kind of shocked because I never thought I would have practice at midnight," said running back Dillon Headrick.

"They were ready to go, they were ready to go, most of them showed up at 9:00," Hodgkinson added.

The football team wasn't the only ones excited about this Midnight Madness, so to were the fans who got to see their very first practice when the clock struck midnight.

"It's a great experience to be out here, it's our first-ever midnight madness and I feel like everybody has adrenaline pumping and we're ready for the season," said Coventry cheerleader Bridgette Parkins

 "This is good, we love it," said Marion Anderson who showed up to watch her son practice.

The team went through drills and even ran some offensive and defensive plays while fans watched the 45-minute practice. 

"It was awesome," Lineman Tyler Butler exclaimed.

"It was really great, the intensity was awesome and everybody played well," said Headrick.

With 20 of 22 starters returning this year, the Comets have pretty big expectations.

"Hopefully they will have a real good season this year," said Anderson.

"I'm looking for state playoffs," Butler said. "I want a championship more than anything."

 They may get that championship simply because they were working, while the world was sleeping.

 The Comets open the season at home on August 24th against Canton South.