FULSHEAR — It has been three years in the making.

The Fulshear football program has had two sub-varsity seasons to prepare for Aug. 31, the program’s first varsity contest at La Grange.

Head football coach Oschlor Flemming fully believes his Chargers are ready.

“Fall” practice began this week.

The Chargers were wearing only helmets and shoulder pads this week without full contact per University Interscholastic League rules.

“We’ve worked to this point and it’s here now,” Flemming said. “Nothing should have changed in our preparation, especially from last year to this year.

“Hopefully, the only thing that has changed is our bodies and mentality.”

This is the third year of August practice that the Chargers have had a varsity staff working with the group about to start its first varsity campaign.

“Our kids have been getting a varsity workout since they were sophomores,” Flemming said. “That is how we’ve been operating the show since this place opened up.”

The biggest change for the Chargers has been the growth of the team physically to look more like a varsity squad.

“Hopefully, the only thing different for this team has been the calendar year and we’ve tightened things up,” Flemming said.

“I’m looking at our kids and I’m like ‘damn, we look like a varsity team.

“We’re seeing their bodies evolve.”

Coach Flemming while there noted that weren’t any standouts in the early days of practice, that does not mean he hasn’t been impressed with his team’s work ethic thus far.

“We’ve been working with them since they were freshmen and sophomores and now they are juniors and seniors,” Flemming said. “And they look like juniors and seniors that have been playing for two years.

“We’ve been impressed with everybody at this point in practice.”

But that isn’t to say the Chargers don’t still have lessons to learn. The only thing left for Fulshear is to charge onto the field and play games that actually count.

“I’m not worried about my team physically,” Flemming said. “But I’m worried there are some lessons you can only learn on Friday night.

“We tried to replicate that this past year playing those three varsity team.

“But we’ll see.”

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