With UIL-sanctioned football practices starting Monday, there was just one thing left to do before Brazos Valley players and coaches kicked off the 2019 high school football season.
Approximately 200 players from 28 teams had Bryan’s Merrill Green Stadium abuzz Friday morning for The Eagle’s sixth annual High School Football Media Day.
The south end zone was a rainbow of different school colors as local players posed for photos, fielded questions and filed one-by-one into the visitors’ stands for a group photo for media members from The Eagle, KBTX, KAGS and KZNE, among others. During down time, they visited with their counterparts from other schools, played catch and had some occasional fun at their teammate’s expense.
One position player from Brenham joked about always looking pretty for the camera. His lineman buddy, not so much.
Coaches mingled, too, some meeting for the first time, others reconnecting after a short summer. A Lexington assistant coach could be overheard telling his players about 6-man football after a conversation with Allen Academy’s Adrian Adams.
The players also got a break from the heat while filling out questionnaires in the Vikings’ field house with questions ranging from goofy to serious.
The Eagle’s sixth annual event — fifth at Merrill Green — was the first for Dime Box, which is fielding the first football team in school history this season. The Longhorns will play an outlaw schedule in 2019 before entering UIL realignment in the spring if the program generates enough interest.
There was no shortage of interest with any of the teams Friday morning as they had their moment in front of the cameras. Soon that hype will be in full swing on Friday nights.