Rain poured from the dark gray sky over Charlotte Catholic’s practice field early Friday morning, but it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the more than 50 players taking part in 2014’s first practice.
“It was awesome. We had a bunch of fun out here, got a lot of work done,” said senior lineman Matt Kowalewski, an Elon commit. “It made a bright-and-early practice a lot more fun.”
The Cougars, dressed in shorts, T-shirts and solid red helmets, executed passing, blocking and agility drills. They did a tackling drill, diving and sliding 5 yards across the saturated turf with the red dummy.
Friday’s practice was the first since the graduation of record-breaking U.S. Army All-American running back Elijah Hood, now at North Carolina.
It was also the first since the retirement of longtime coach Jim Oddo. New coach Mike Brodowicz led the fast-paced practice in a red Charlotte Catholic jacket and camouflage hat.
“The tempo, the excitement is what we wanted,” he said. “It’s just like a new beginning and we’re very excited about that.”
About 15 minutes before the end of practice, the rain started coming down harder, forming large puddles on the field. The yells and cheers from the players got louder as they ran through one final drill.
“I’d rather have it raining here this hard than being 100 degrees right now, like it usually is in August,” senior lineman Jakob Trumpower said. “It just gets everyone all riled up when it’s raining and all.”
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