Blair Armstrong has plenty of pride in what he does.

The Banks County High School football coach has pride in his program, pride in his players and pride in the progress the Leopards made last fall.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise the BCHS summer football program is called “Pride of Summer.” The detailed summer schedule is outlined for players, coaches and parents on a calendar which begins next Tuesday and runs all the way through the Aug. 22 preseason scrimmage against Johnson High School.

Detail is the name of the game in building a high school football program today and Armstrong has every detail covered.

“Work during the summer is vital,” the coach said recently. “We have to work because everyone else is working.”

Weight room sessions will mainly be in the morning. Armstrong said he has found that is the best time for players.

“In the long run, it is best for them to not sleep in,” the coach said. “By lifting in the mornings it gives them the rest of the day free to work or concentrate on other sports. I believe this is the best way to handle it.”

While the weight room will be open in the afternoons (3:30-5:30) on May 27 and May 29, the 8 a.m. until noon time frame kicks in beginning June 2 as the official “Pride of Summer” program begins. BCHS will once again compete in the Lineman Challenge at Gilmer High School this summer. This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 21.

The official first day of preseason practice is set for Aug. 4 from 3:45 until 6:30 p.m. The first day of school is Friday, Aug. 8.

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